The BBC has blown £48,000 – equivalent to 330 British households’ TV licence fees – on a couch and a fake TV set in its new Salford studio.
The Sun reports that the Beeb paid over the odds for the setup in order to use it for public tours in Quay House at the Media City UK complex just outside of Manchester.
“It is based on the BBC Breakfast set,” said one BBC source. “The sofa and rest of the £48,000 mock studio allow visitors a hands-on experience.”
Jonathan Isaby, chief exec of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told the Sun: “Licence fee payers will be baffled that so much has been spent on a sofa.
“It’s crucial that the BBC gets value for money as it is hard-pressed families footing the bill.”
The TV licence fee, which is a tax imposed on every TV-owning household in Britain, has come up for debate recently, with some politicians trying to turn it into a stealth tax and tie in into households’ council tax bills.