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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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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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