DAN WALKER, who presents BBC Breakfast alongside Louise Minchin, is reportedly chauffeur driven to the Salford studios at a cost of more than £200 a day – with BBC bosses allegedly footing the bill for his transportation.
Dan Walker – who host’s BBC Breakfast three days a week – is reportedly driven in an executive car from his home in Sheffield to the Salford studios and back again. According to reports, the 39.4 mile journey costs the corporation £100 per trip and could add up to around £30,000 a year.
It has been claimed the journey is within the BBC company rules of a 40-mile limit for taxi travel but it has also been alleged his return journey is not covered, according to insiders.
A source told The Mail On Sunday: “It’s atrocious how much bosses are forking out just to get Dan to work. They could hire a reporter for that money alone.
“It also begs the question – if they are paying that for just one staff member’s travel on a daily basis, how much are they paying for the rest of them?”
A BBC source reportedly told the publication that Dan does drive himself to work on occasions.
Express.co.uk contacted Dan Walker and BBC Breakfast representatives, with the latter refusing to comment.
Dan, who lives in Sheffield with his wife and three children, has presented BBC Breakfast since 2016 and Football Focus since 2009.
Last year, he was announced as the host of television quiz show Chase the Case.
According to the Sun Online, his various roles have garnered a reported £250,000 a year salary, putting him on the BBC’s “big earners list”.
Speaking about his salary in 2018, he explained: “I was only higher up the BBC list because I was doing other jobs for them, including working on Football Focus.
“As much as I love that job, I don’t do it for free.”
He added he believed he is worth his salary, saying at the time: “Well, yes. I feel privileged to do the job, but there are a lot of people who get paid vast amounts more than I do.
“I work hard and have done for 20 years.”
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Meanwhile, Dan took to Twitter to congratulate Strictly Come Dancing 2019 winners Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse.
The dancing duo lifted the Glitterball trophy last night, beating Karim Zeroual and Emma Barton for the coveted title.
In view of his 580,000 followers, Dan retweeted a post from the BBC’s official Strictly account which read: “Our last-minute arrival has only gone and won the #Strictly Glitterball! Kelvin and Oti are your 2019 #StrictlyFinal winners! @kelvin_fletcher @OtiMabuse.”
The BBC Breakfast host captioned the post: “Well done @kelvin_fletcher & @OtiMabuse. The sub came on and scored the winner in the #StrictlyFinal.”(sic)
Fans flocked to comment on the post, as one person said: “So well deserved @OtiMabuse @kelvin_fletcher definitely best dancers of the series.”
Another person commented: “Just fantastic. It couldn’t of gone to a nicer guy just a down to earth chap who can really move those snake hips.”
While a third person added: “Gutted I was hoping Mr Anton Du Beke would win.”