BBC ''always in a recession'', says buying chief

23 September 2009

24 September 2009 | Rebecca Ellinor

A senior buyer at the BBC has told SM its purchasing department always behaves as if the economy is in a slump.

Jamie Hindhaugh, BBC head of sourcing for production, resources and logistics, said: "People ask how we are adapting our policy in response to the recession and I reply that we are always in a recession at the BBC.

"We are aware of the privileged position we are in because of the funding we receive, so we have very good compliance."

Hindhaugh, who is also the incoming chairman of the Institute of Travel & Meetings, made the remarks in the latest Business Travel Supplement, out with today's issue of Supply Management magazine.

Compliance is achieved through generation of policy exception reports, he added. These are sent to the finance director, who demands explanations in person from individuals on the list.

Hindhaugh, the BBC's head of production for 2012, also tells SM about the challenges presented by the London Olympics, and how the responsibility of answering queries over senior executives' travel expenses gave him sleepless nights.

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