BBC waste: Staff 'taught how to drink water' as millions spent on diversity funding


It comes as the corporation is facing a two-year freeze of the licence fee, while Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has indicated it could be scrapped altogether from 2028.

According to the Sun on Sunday, the BBC spent £12million of the Radio and Music budget over three years on “diverse and inclusive content”.

And the BBC’s diversity champion rakes in £267,000 a year for working a three-day week.

BBC Studios and the Children in Need department in Manchester both also recently advertised for a Diversity and Inclusion lead.

Meanwhile, the newspaper cites sources as saying money was dished out on “patronising” projects including a staff webinar on how to drink water and a workshop telling managers to keep up blood sugar levels.

Tory MP Nigel Mills blasted the “woke nonsense” as he compared it to the sitcom W1A, which satirises the management of the BBC.

Mr Mills said: “This is like an episode of W1A.

“They need a thorough audit of waste – starting with this woke nonsense.”

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A number of alternatives to the licence fee have been floated, including an opt-in subscription service similar to that used by streaming giants such as Netflix or the introduction of advertising.

Mr Davie told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Once you’re trying to serve a subscription base and a commercial agenda – and, believe me, I’ve run commercial businesses – it is a completely different situation, because suddenly you are doing things that are there to make profit and make a return to a specific audience.”

Asked if he agrees with the debate that the licence fee is “over”, he said: “I think the debate is more centred around ‘Do we want a universal public service media organisation at the heart of our creative economy, which has served us incredibly well?’ And if we want that, we have to support a publicly-backed and not a fully commercialised BBC.”

He added that the broadcaster could transform into a commercial operation, but if it did “it will not do what it does today”.

Mr Davie said: “We have built an incredible creative industry here in the UK, and we’ve got a universal broadcaster that is admired around the world.

“That is because it serves the British public and all the British public… the principle of universality is absolutely the debate here.”



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