Lord Patten has said that some of the controversial £450,000 payoff handed to George Entwistle when he resigned as BBC director general could still be clawed back if he is found guilty of wrongdoing.
Appearing in front of the culture, media and sport committee, the BBC Trust chairman said Entwistle could be found in breach of contract by the Pollard review into the shelved Newsnight programme on Jimmy Savile.
Patten also said he took legal advice over Entwistle's big payoff as he knew he would have to defend the move to MPs.
Patten confirmed he would not be splitting up the director general and the editor-in-chief roles despite the BBC’s structure coming under repeated criticism.
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