What does your TV license fee pay for? Apart from a private jet?
We've talked about BBC funding in passing before, as a side issue to that of technology, and how consumers might fund the TV license in the digital age. Ultimately though, it's a another tax that most of us have to pay, regardless of your views on the value for money it delivers and regardless of whether we make full or little use of the services it funds; if you own a television, you pay the fee and tough tittie if you feel otherwise.
So what exactly are you paying for? Well, there are two national analogues television services, several digital stations, nine nation radio stations, 40 local stations, local tv services and an online empire.
Oh, and a dinner for Terry Wogan costing over £1,100. And a car hire for the BBC's director of future media and technology. Over £800. For a day. And a night out in Vegas for 29 people costing nearly £1,500. And £2,236.90 to hire a Cessna jet.
Yes, you might think you're pushing it by sticking in an expense claim for a few extra miles of petrol, but it's fair to say the executive committee of the BBC are royally taking the piss with their receipts. The publicly funded corporation has released the claims of its ten executive board members going back five years after saying it planned to publish more salary and expenses details.
The Guardian is sifting through the details that have so far been released, and has also created spreadsheets so Daily Mail readers can do the same. Expect the Mail to carry at least five pages of furious, vein-bursting outrage in tomorrow's edition.