The BBC has been accused of wasting more than £10m of public money by rehiring nearly 300 staff it had earlier made redundant.
Today's Sunday Express article reveals that 286 staff have been rehired by the Corporation, after each receiving an average of £36,000 in redundancy pay. The staff, who had previously been employed on a full-time basis between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2014, have been rehired on permanent or fixed-term contracts.
In the last 4 years, since the TV licence-fee was frozen, the BBC has rehired 81 individuals after they'd pocketed a total of £3m in redundancy payouts.
The £10.2m bill, which the Express compares to the TV licence income for a town the size of Luton, could have been used to pay for an entire series of The Voice instead. For that, at least, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.
A BBC insider is quoted as saying: "I know of one BBC manager who was given a £100,000 payout to leave his job on a Friday and then rehired on a freelance basis the following Monday through a new production company, which is ridiculous."
With the BBC again demonstrating such reckless and cavalier management of public funds, there has never been a better time to cancel your TV licence.