BBC blasted for sending more than 400 employees to Glastonbury

LONDON - The BBC has come under fire after it was revealed that the corporation sent more than 400 members of staff to cover the Glastonbury festival, at a cost of up to £5 million.

Glastonbury... BBC sent 400 staff to cover the event
Glastonbury... BBC sent 400 staff to cover the event

405 employees, including 150 freelancers and 130 short-term contract staff, worked at the three-day event, which saw live music from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Blur and Neil Young.

Critics have argued that the amount of taxpayers money spent on sending such a large team was wasted, with the festival simply turning into a junket for BBC staff.

But the corporation said that the high number was needed to comprehensively cover the event.

The BBC's coverage of the festival was spread across BBC2, BBC3 and BBC4, as well as on a number of its radio stations and online sites.

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