BBC spending on Prosecco DOUBLED as corporation blew £5,500 of licence fee payers’ cash on sparkling wines last year amid £24,700 total booze bill
- In 2017/18 the BBC spent £2,631 on fizzy wines with a total alcohol bill of £20,184
- 2018/19 saw both number rise – £5,500 on fizzy wine and a £24,700 booze total
- This represents an overall total increase of 22 per cent between the two years
BBC spending on Prosecco and sparkling wine has more than doubled in the past year with the corporation’s total alcohol bill rising to £24,700, it can be revealed.
A Freedom of Information request found that in 2017/18 the company spent £2,631 on bottles of fizzy wine, but figures for the year 2018/19 show £5,500 spent on the party favourite.
The recent numbers show the BBC spent £12,535 of license payers’ money on wine, £5,500 on Prosecco/sparkling wine, £5,340 on beer and £1,328 on spirits, totalling £24,703.
In 2017/18 the BBC spent £2,631 on bottles of fizzy wine, but figures for the year 2018/19 show £5,500 spent on the party favourite (stock image)
This represents an overall increase of 22 per cent from the £20,184 figure for 2017/18, which saw £11,984 spent on wine, £5,334 on beer, £2,631 on Prosecco/sparkling wine and £235 on spirits.
Staff were banned from buying Champagne in 2012 after spending reached ‘crazy levels’ of around £55,000 in 2007.
At the height of BBC spending on alcohol in 2007/2008, workers downed 11,446 bottles of wine, costing £48,000; 4,000 bottles of champagne, costing £56,000; 22,200 bottles of beer, costing £14,000; and 53 bottles of spirits, costing £600.
The total booze bill in 2007/08 was a whopping £118,600.
The recent figures reveal a massive decrease in alcohol spending – with almost five times less spent on now than just over a decade ago.
Spending on beer for both years was very close – £5,340 for 2018/19 and £5,334 for 2017/18
One BBC worker, who has been in the job for more than 10 years, said that the boozy culture at the Beeb had been ‘killed off’ – but said he was happy to see spending was up this year (stock image)
One BBC worker, who has been in the job for more than 10 years, said that the boozy culture at the Beeb had been ‘killed off’ – but said he was happy to see spending was up this year.
Speaking last week, he said: ‘In the past 10 years the alcohol culture at the BBC has effectively been killed off.
‘Every single bottle has to be accounted for these days and when the champagne ban came into force in 2012 everyone knew it was the death knell for free booze.
‘I’m glad to see spending on the rise this year though – maybe it’s a sign of things to come, although I wouldn’t hold my breath.’
A spokesman for the BBC said: ‘The BBC has strict rules around the purchase of alcohol, meaning costs have been significantly cutting recent years.’
BBC spending on alcohol in 2018/2019
In the past year, the Beeb spent a total of £24,700 on booze, broken down as follows:
1 – Wine – £12,535
2 – Prosecco/sparkling wine – £5,500
3 – Beer – £5,340
4 – Spirits – £1,328
BBC spending on alcohol in 2017/2018
In 2017/18 a total of £20,184 was spent on booze, revealing a 22 per cent rise in spending in the past year. The amount spent in 2017/18 was:
1 – Wine – £11,984
2 – Beer – £5,334
3 – Prosecco/sparkling wine – £2,631
4 – Spirits – £235
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