Lord Patten told MPs to call Thompson over payoffs

Lord Patten told a Public Accounts Committee that they would need to speak to the previous Director General Mark Thompson when he was questioned about payoffs.

Referring to his own lack of knowledge over the payments in July, Lord Patten told MPs: "If you call a previous director general of the BBC I will be as interested as you are why we didn't know."

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Lord Patten appearing at a Public Accounts Committee about BBC staff pay-offs in July.
Lord Patten appearing at a Public Accounts Committee about BBC staff pay-offs in July. Credit: PA Wire

At the time Mr Thompson claimed that the BBC Trust was aware of the scale of hefty pay-offs made to former staff.

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BBC boss admits evidence error

The BBC's outgoing head of HR, Lucy Adams, has admitted making a mistake in her evidence to a committee of MPs investigating excessive payoffs to senior staff. Former Director General Mark Thompson claimed "inaccurate statements" were made to MPs.