Following the publication of salaries of those earning over £150,000 in the BBC's accounts, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance:
"Licence fee payers deserve to know how their money is being spent, so it is right that the BBC have finally published the salaries of some of their highest earners. The people who pay the bills can now decide whether or not they are getting good value for money. We often hear that transparency could lead to a drain of talent at the BBC but that seems highly unlikely given that commercial rivals simply wouldn't be willing to pay more than the market rate. Other taxpayer-funded bodies, particularly councils, have embraced the transparency agenda and that has improved efficiency and cut out wasteful spending, so it's high time that the rest of the public sector did the same."
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