The BBC has spent more than £1 million on 1,026 plane tickets to the United States a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Bosses and programme makers flew to the states to make programmes and have meetings.

The Sun report:

THE BBC spent more than £1MILLION on plane tickets to the US alone in just seven months this year.

Former director-general Mark Thompson racked up a bill of £5,789 for one return business class flight to San Francisco.

And Ralph Rivera, BBC director of future media, flew on another return ticket to California costing £6,213.

In all, the Beeb splashed out £1,135,726 of licence fee payers’ money on flights to the States between April 1 and October 31.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.