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Ex-BBC boss George Entwistle 'to receive £1.32 million pay-off'

George Entwistle is to receive a full 12 months salary after stepping down as BBC director over the botched Newsnight child abuse investigation, it has been revealed.

The BBC Trust confirmed that Mr Enwistle - who served just 54 days in the job - would get a pay-off £450,000 in lieu of notice.

It is yet to be confirmed what pension entitlement Mr Entwistle will receive, however there are reports that he could still receive his full pension of £877,000, leading to a total payout of £1.32 million.

The BBC reached a consensual termination agreement with George Entwistle last night and agreed to pay him 12 months pay, in lieu of notice.

This reflects the fact that he will continue to help on BBC business, most specifically the two ongoing inquiries.

– BBC Trust spokesman

Rob Wilson MP told ITV News: "License fee payers will be angry and astounded. Many of them scrimp and save to pay their TV tax."The BBC sanctions a pay-off of what the average person would take almost 25 years to earn. What is the BBC thinking?"

He later tweeted:

The chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee John Whittingdale said he could not see any justification for George Entwistle to receive such a large pay-off:

Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten earlier told ITV News the corporation must undergo a radical overhaul and "get a grip" on its journalism following the resignation of its Director-General amid the Newsnight scandals.

Lord Patten defended the appointment of Mr Entwistle and his own role in the crisis, including his inaction to the notorious tweet promoting Newsnight's - later unfounded - claims against a senior Tory peer.

Watch the full interview by ITV News's UK Editor Lucy Manning:

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