The BBC will be taking a staggering 272 people to the World Cup this summer.
The BBC are splitting their coverage 50-50 with ITV, which are sending 120 staff to Brazil - many of them freelance, says the Daily Mail.
BBC director of sport Barbara Slater tried to justify the cost to taxpayers in a lengthy website blog claiming: "Our aspiration is to make Brazil 2014 the first 24/7 World Cup, which will appeal to all age groups, is available across all devices at any time of the day or night. We will be producing all this for less than the cost of a pint of milk for each viewer, listener or website user."
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