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Dan Walker hits back at ‘guff’ claims in row over taxi to work expenses


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BBC presenter Dan Walker has hit back at a Mail on Sunday article criticising the taxis he takes to and from his home in Sheffield to the BBC’s studios in Salford.

The article in Sunday’s issue states that Mr Walker, 44, is picked up at 3.45am and driven 40 miles to Media City to host BBC Breakfast at least two days a week, and as many as three.

The article states this cost of £600 a week – or £31,000 a year – is funded by his employer the BBC, which itself is part-funded by license fee payers.

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These journeys are covered by the BBC under their policy which allows employees to have their taxis to and from work paid for between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

The article states that Mr Walker also gets his taxis home at 9.30am but, in accordance with the BBC’s guidelines, that he pays for these himself. It also states that there are no suggestions that guidelines have been breached.

An unnamed source in the article says that people inside the BBC “can’t stand Dan’s hypocrisy”.

In response to the article, Mr Walker tweeted saying: “I know this one… No!

“The BBC repeatedly told The Mail it wasn’t true. I personally pay for any taxis outside the ones permitted to get to work at 3:45am and I drive myself 1 day a week – as I will on Tuesday.

“Don’t listen to guff. Enjoy your eggs. Have a lovely Sunday.”

One Twitter user asked Mr Walker why the BBC paid for his taxis, saying: “My employer has never paid for me to get to work, that’s my responsibility.”

Mr Walker replied: “What time do you go to work? The BBC has a ‘safety at work’ protocol that covers claims for transport for anyone before 6am or after 10:45pm.”

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