BBC bought iPads, iPhones not approved for staff

March 31st, 2011 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 31 (IANS) The BBC spent over 40,000 pounds last year on 104 flashy Apple iPads and iPhones even though they are not approved for use by its staff, a media report said.

Citing figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request, The Sun reported that the organisation handed out about 10,000 pounds worth of iPhones a month.

BBC said the gadgets were bought for “testing purposes… to see how they can help us”.

It would not reveal the total cost as the expense is contained within a 10-year contract with Siemens.

Charlotte Linacre, of pressure group The TaxPayers’ Alliance, urged the BBC to buy “cheaper gadgets” to ensure “taxpayers aren’t picking up the tab for over-indulgence”.

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