The Guardian reports that Highfield claimed £47,517.76 in expenses from the BBC, between 2004 and 2009, with his highest being for £14,613.68 in 2006-07. His pay in 2007 was £466,000. The expenses include subscriptions to Sky TV and for the purchase of iPods. BBC:
These subscriptions were paid for where the BBC deemed that they would not in normal circumstances been taken for personal use. This was in order for Mr Highfield to be fully informed about emerging digital and interactive technology.