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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK
Yentob expense concerns examined
Alan Yentob
Alan Yentob presents arts show Imagine
The BBC is examining "concerns" about its director of drama Alan Yentob's use of expense budgets.

BBC chairman Michael Grade and director general Mark Thompson agreed it was a "management issue" and took "appropriate steps", the BBC said.

"Mr Thompson has asked the BBC's chief operating officer John Smith to examine these concerns and to report back to him," a BBC spokesman said.

Mr Yentob said: "I consider these stories to be malicious and unfounded."

He added: "I am more than happy to meet John Smith, the BBC's chief operating officer, to deal with any of the points that have been raised."

Mr Yentob, a former controller of BBC One and BBC Two, is currently the BBC's director of drama, entertainment and children's programmes. He also hosts its arts show Imagine.

The BBC spokesman said: "Until that report is completed the BBC regards this as an internal matter and will not be saying anything further."

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