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Sunday, 25 January 2015

BBC Newcastle: RAJAR Drinks Are On Us

BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle staff were each rewarded with a £50 voucher and drinks on the licence fee payer, after the station achieved bumper listening figures.

The station, which boasts broadcasting legends like Alfie Joey, Charlie Charlton and Sue Sweeney, comes from premises nicknamed the 'Pink Palace' on the city's Barrack Road. It achieved a reach of 370,000 in the last quarter of 2013, according to figures published by RAJAR.

The story has just come to light after the BBC responded to a recent Freedom of Information request by Carl Jefferson.

A BBC spokesperson said: "BBC Newcastle achieved record listening figures in the last quarter of 2013.

"As common in many organisations, it was decided to hold a small informal get together to thank the station’s hardworking staff for their contribution towards this success, and strict rules and policies keep costs low."

In a previous request Carl established that the BBC spent more than £3,000 on what it grandiosely describes as a "Synergy Wall" within the Pink Palace. The wall, which is hidden from normal public view, includes photographs of various BBC Newcastle personalities and was knocked together by some local university students.

It would appear that Carl has some insider knowledge of how the BBC operates in Newcastle and we'd very much like him to get in touch.

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