BBC pay-off 'hard to justify'

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said former director-General George Entwistle's £450,000 pay-off was "hard to justify", but that it was a matter for the BBC Trust to decide.

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Culture Sec: 'Tough to justify' Entwistle pay-off

This is a large amount of money, and tough to justify considering the circumstances of Mr Entwistle's departure and his contractual arrangements. The Trust will need to justify this - it is accountable to licence fee payers in ensuring value for money, and we expect it to have considered that carefully.

The BBC is a global British institution, and above all else it is vital that it focuses on restoring its credibility. The Trust needs to act swiftly to ensure that the management and leadership issues in the Corporation are resolved.

I felt that the Trust was slow off the mark in responding to the crisis but that it is now acting decisively. We must not lose sight of the Inquiries at the heart of all this. They remain of the utmost importance.

– Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Harman: 'Entwistle payment a reward for failure'

Harriet Harman MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said:

It is not justifiable for the BBC to pay double the contractually required sum to the director general on his resignation. It looks like a reward for failure.

George Entwistle should decline to accept any more than is required under his contract.

This is not the way to restore public confidence in the BBC.

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Pressure builds on Lord Patten after Entwistle payout

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.

BBC director general George Entwistle (left) looks on as Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten speaks to the media
BBC director general George Entwistle (left) looks on as Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten speaks to the media Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

There are now questions being raised over Lord Patten's future as Chairman of the BBC Trust:

The Daily Mail is asking 'Can Patten survive?'

The Telegraph reports on the 'Threat to Patten'

The Guardian reports on the 'Crisis talks at the BBC as Patten searches for new leader'

Reports: Entwistle to receive BBC pension

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.

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BBC Director General George Entwistle Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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: Entwistle payout 'unbelievable' and shows the BBC 'is out of touch'

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:

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Big mistake for Entwistle to be awarded such a large package. This highlights that #BBC Trust & management is out of touch

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Entwistle gets one year payoff after just 53 days in the job. Unbelievable.

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£450,000 for 54 days work. If George Entwistle resigned why is he entitled to a full year's salary? May be standard at BBC but anywhere else

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