BBC’s cost of staying in touch with London…

The Belfast Telegraph has discovered a hidden cost of the Union… £3,000 per day in flights in and out of Belfast by and for the BBC… Since I have, on occasion, been a guest both of RTE in Dublin and the BBC in Belfast, I’d say that was also a major problem of living on a smallish island in the North Atlantic Ocean… Though I disclaim even partial responsibility for the high expenditure last year… I’ve not been flown back since my single appearance Let’s Talk in 2005…According to an FOI request that record breaks down to “…an average of 16 flights a day every day of the year, at an average cost of more than £180.”

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty