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Lord Patten told a Public Accounts Committee that they would need to speak to the previous Director General Mark Thompson when he was questioned about payoffs.
Referring to his own lack of knowledge over the payments in July, Lord Patten told MPs: "If you call a previous director general of the BBC I will be as interested as you are why we didn't know."
At the time Mr Thompson claimed that the BBC Trust was aware of the scale of hefty pay-offs made to former staff.
The BBC Trust has responded to the claims of former Director General Mark Thompson that the BBC Trust mislead Parliament about excessive payoffs to senior executives:
Mark Thompson has alleged that he has emails that appear to show that BBC Trust members - including the current chairman Lord Patten and a senior BBC boss - approved payoffs to executives.
The BBC Trust denies Lord Patten and the other trust member misled MPs.
The former Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, is due to appear before the Public Accounts Committee on Monday to answer questions about executives’ payoffs.
Mr Thompson has accused the BBC Trust of misleading MPs over what they knew about the payoffs.
Former BBC Director General Mark Thompson has accused the BBC Trust of misleading MPs on the public accounts committee over what it knew about executives’ payoffs, the BBC has reported.
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The BBC's head of HR, Lucy Adams, has admitted making a mistake in her evidence to a committee of MPs investigating excessive payoffs.
A spat has broken out between ex-BBC chief Mark Thompson and the Trust over large payoffs to departing staff.