BBC paid £150k on private eyes

THE BBC spent £150,000 on private investigators in the decade to mid-2011, its director of editorial policy and standards David Jordan said yesterday.

Speaking at the Home Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into the case for statutory regulation of private investigators – launched in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal – Jordan admitted that the BBC has not made a conscious decision not to hire private eyes.

“We haven’t ruled out the possibility [of using them],” he said.