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BBC Trustee agreed pay-off 'while watching Strictly'

BBC Trust Vice-Chairman Diane Coyle agreed to outgoing Director-General George Entwistle's £450,000 pay-off while watching Strictly Come Dancing at home, The Times (£) reported.

Ms Coyle took to Twitter during the show, writing:

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Oh I might need to vote for a young man who's so nice to his mum #scd

The BBC Trust told the newspaper Ms Coyle took a phone call from Chairman Lord Patten "during the broadcast of Strictly Come Dancing ... and then returned to watching television afterwards".

“Diane Coyle was consulted on Saturday evening as a member of the Remuneration Committee", the Trust was quoted as saying.

BBC Creative Director: 'We must prove we deserve the licence fee'

Speaking on the Newsnight programme BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob has said that the corporation can not be complacent and when asked about the licence fee he said, "we have to prove that we deserve it, we have to rebuild that trust."

I don't think we can be complacent about any of the events of the last few weeks. This has been a tumultuous few weeks and I think the consequence of the turmoil of the earlier part of this also led to these events on Newsnight in the last few weeks. The confusion the chain of command the fact that some people were acting [in their posts] and some people were having to step back because of the investigation.

– Alan Yentob, BBC Creative Director

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Report: BBC executives could face disciplinary action

Two executives involved with the Newsnight broadcast that wrongly linked a Conservative Peer to child abuse allegations could face disciplinary action, after a BBC internal inquiry concluded there had been "unacceptable" editorial failings involved in the broadcast, reports The Guardian.

BBC sources told the newspaper that Liz Gibbons, the programme's acting editor, and Adrian Van Klaveran, the supervising executive seconded from his job running Radio 5 Live, are expected to face a disciplinary process that could result in them being sacked or exonerated.

Boris: 'I'd like to see a wholesale massacre of everybody involved professionally speaking'

On ITV1's The Agenda, the Mayor of London has said the Newsnight investigation that wrongly accused a Conservative peer of child abuse was "absolutely disastrous."

He told host Tom Bradby: "I'd like to see a wholesale massacre of everybody involved professionally speaking."

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV1 at 10:35pm.

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Boris: 'I see no reason why Chris Patten should go'

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has told ITV1's The Agenda that Lord Patten should stay as BBC Chairman.

"It's very sad to see the BBC go through turmoil.

I see no particular reason why Chris Patten should go. I think you need him there to steady the ship.

But it's perfectly obvious that they had an absolutely catastrophic breakdown of journalistic standards.

First of all they ignored the Savile scoop which they were sitting on and it seems like they had quite a lot of evidence and then they had this crazy switching the steering wheel in the other direction and going for some 'top Tory paedo' without any real evidence.

It was absolutely disastrous and I'd like to see a wholesale massacre of everybody involved professionally speaking.

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV1 at 10:35pm.

Head of BBC NI not considering his position after inquiry

Peter Johnston, the director of BBC Northern Ireland, was involved in decisions on the botched BBC Newsnight report.

He has been interviewed by the corporation as he left work:

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BBC statement on BBCNI director Peter Johnston: "We can confirm he was involved in decisions about the BBC Newsnight report." No more detail

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Head of BBC NI Peter Johnston is not quitting. Asked on his way out of work, if he was reconsidering his position, he said: "No, I am not."

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