The BBC's ban on its journalists writing newspaper and magazine columns has already run into trouble
The BBC's ban on its journalists writing newspaper and magazine columns has already run into trouble after it emerged the move may cost the corporation tens of thousands of pounds, writes Leigh Holmwood.Journalists may also be able to get round the new ban on writing about current affairs and "other contentious issues" - in place from the spring - by publishing things on the BBC website first.The BBC has denied it will pay cash compensation to journalists such as John Humphrys and John Simpson for the loss of their columns - thought to be as much as£140,000 in some cases.However, sources have told Broadcast that the corporation is prepared to offer enhanced salary deals to star names when their contracts come up for renewal to stop them leaving the BBC.Dominic Lawson, editor of The Sunday Telegraph, has warned that the BBC may have to fork out large sums to buy out the "very long" contracts of columnists such as Simpson and BBC business editor Jeff Randall.