BBC boss criticises big pay-offs

The new director-general of the BBC, Tony Hall. Credit: PA Wire

The new director-general of the BBC has criticised the large pay-offs given to senior staff in the past when they left the corporation.

Tony Hall, who took over the reins yesterday, said the large sums paid out had "not been right".

His immediate predecessor George Entwistle, who stood down over the Jimmy Savile scandal, walked away with a £450,000 pay-off - double the amount he was entitled to.

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