BBC Arabia faces accusations it withholds payments from guests
(MENAFN) BBC Arabic was blamed in the past week for not paying its funders for two years after one of the guests stopped a live meeting to discuss the matter.
Mehdi Eliefifi, the political analyst, was brought to present on a BBC Arabic news briefing regarding the issue between Russia and Ukraine when he stopped his comment to talk about the failed payments trouble.
He stated, “The important matter I want to discuss now is that BBC Arabic hasn’t paid us any dues for two years,” while referring to analysts on the channel’s program.
He carried a paper before the camera with the names of BBC’s executives, written in English and Arabic, with the question “where are my financial dues that haven’t been paid for two years?”
BBC Arabic released an update addressing Arab News on Twitter, stating “To clarify the issue of the symbolic payments owed to some of the BBC’s guests, we conducted further investigations and we are aware of a technical defect in the payment mechanism within the institution, which led to the delay in the dues of some guests. Therefore, we apologize for the delay to all those affected by this matter and assure that we are working hard to solve this case as soon as possible.”
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