BBC staff are said to be angered at the revelation that two top executives spent more than £10k of public money on a jolly to Asia.
The Director General, Tony Hall, and Director of News and Current Affairs, James Harding, made the visit back in April. Flying business class, at a cost of more than £5k each, the pair explored several countries in the region, including Burma, South Korea and China. As well as hobnobbing with local dignatories, the pair visited a newly opened BBC bureau.
The trip coincides with BBC plans to axe 415 newsgathering jobs, which has naturally attracted some criticism from workers on the newsroom floor.
A BBC insider told the Telegraph: "It's typical for the top dogs to go on a lavish business trip at the same time many of us are having to worry about our mortgages with the planned cuts".
Justifying the expense, a BBC spokesman replied: "The BBC is a global media organisation and the Director General and the Director of News and Current Affairs travel abroad to represent the organisation.
"On this particular trip, they visited the BBC bureau, meeting other broadcasters, government ministers and politicians."
Return economy flights from London to Beijing are available for as little as £700 per person.