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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