Patten: BBC advised it was not possible to reclaim pay-off

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten said the BBC had been advised it was not possible to try and get back the almost half a million pound pay-off warded to departing director-general George Entwistle. He told UK editor Lucy Manning yesterday:

"We have taken legal advice, and we would have needed I think, to be able to demonstrate that the report would have enabled us to do a summary dismissal, when he was working at the BBC, and the legal advice was we couldn't do that"

BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten.
BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten. Credit: ITV News

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