BBC’s Glastonbury coverage not offering ‘best value’

Investigation criticizes costs of festival coverage

The BBC have been criticised for not providing “best value” when it comes to coverage of major sports and music events, including the Glastonbury festival, according to a new report.

For the report National Audit Office and commissioned by the broadcaster, investigated the broadcaster’s spending on events including the festival plus sports events including Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in 2008.

It was deemed that expenditure on the events was too great, with £1.737 million spent on Glastonbury coverage in 2008.

“The BBC has not done enough to demonstrate that its coverage provides the best possible value for money,” Amyas Morse, Head of the NAO, said. “When the BBC decides that it wants to cover a major sporting or music event, it should carefully explore a range of options, and set down clear objectives against which it can measure its achievements after the event.

“Without that, the BBC will not convince licence fee payers that their money has been well spent.”

A spokesperson for the broadcaster told BBC News that the verdict would be taken on board. They said that the review “not only recognises that these events are enjoyed and valued by millions of viewers and listeners but that the BBC has, for the most part, delivered these events within budget and with appropriate staffing.

“The BBC accepts and will now implement the recommendations made in the review to even better demonstrate that it delivers value for money.”