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The Prime Minister's spokesman said George Entwistle's £450,000 pay-off was "hard to justify", but that it was a matter for the BBC Trust to decide.
David Cameron has full confidence in Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC Trust, said the Prime Minister's official spokesman.
He added: "The important thing is for Chris Patten to lead the BBC out of its present difficulties."
Harriet Harman MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said:
Pressure is building on Lord Patten in reaction to the news that the former BBC Director-General will receive a full 12-months salary for 54 days in the post - despite his contract only entitling him to 6-months.
There are now questions being raised over Lord Patten's future as Chairman of the BBC Trust:
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that in addition to a full years salary for his 54 day tenure as BBC Director-General, George Entwistle will also receive his full pension, bringing his total payout for the job to £1.32 million.
His £450,000 yearly salary would mean that Mr Entwistle was paid £8,333 a day as the top BBC boss and before receiving a pension pot, reported by the Telegraph to be £877,000.
MPs from both sides of the House have taken to Twitter over the news that George Entwistle will receive a full year's salary after he resigned as Director-General of the BBC:
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.
Columnist Jenni Russell is reporting former BBC Director General George Entwistle is to receive a year's salary as he leaves his position, worth £450,000.
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The Prime Minister's spokesman has said George Entwistle's £450,000 pay-off is "hard to justify", but it is a matter for the BBC Trust.