Former BBC director general George Entwistle asked for even more than the £450,000 he received when he resigned, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has told MPs.
Entwistle was given a one-year payoff despite heading the corporation for just 54 days - and it now appears that he wanted more.
Speaking in front of the culture, media and sport committee, Lord Patten said he did not want to "join in the trashing of a decent man" but sounded disappointed Entwistle had demanded the extra amount.
Patten admitted Entwistle's departure was "in his interest and the BBC's".
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