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.