Underlining the old corporate aphorism that it's often expensive to save money, the BBC is paying its London staff some =A324 million ($37 million) to move to Salford, some 200 miles away. On Tuesday Britain's National Audit Office criticized the amount of money it was shelling out for relocation packages as overly generous and said that the broadcaster should have obtained receipts from the staffers to back up their expense claims. While about half the 854 relocation packages amounted to $16,000 or less, 188 BBC staffers received $76,000 or more and 11 between $160,000 and $230,000. The average package amounted to $43,000. But while the government auditors found that the BBC had effectively controlled costs of the move, it Nevertheless expressed reservations about the long-term impact and value for money of the move.
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