The Week: Media news - BBC spends more on radio

The BBC spends more money on its radio shows than any of its commercial rivals, a new report by the National Audit Office has found.

The report, which was commissioned by the BBC Trust in October 2007 with the aim of reducing costs while maintaining the quality of output, showed that the Corporation spent 14 per cent of its licence fee income on radio services during 2007-08. The bulk of the costs were found to go on presenters' wages, with 77 per cent of breakfast costs and 79 per cent of drive time expenses being spent on staff.