George Entwistle received £450,000 when he was forced out of the job after just 54 days. The sum was twice what he was entitled to, as set out in his contract.
This is the package former BBC Director General George Entwistle received when leaving the corporation:
Lump sum of £450,000, twice what he was contractually entitled to
12 months private medical cover
Contribution to the cost of his legal fees
Public relations advice to deal with press interest
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, said there were a total of ten people who had left the BBC over the past few years who had walked away with over £250,000. She said some of the sums "beggar belief".
The Public Accounts Committee says the Comptroller and Auditor General offered to carry out an immediate examination of the package awarded to George Entwistle, but the BBC Trust turned the offer down. That meant Parliament was unable to hold the Trust to account for its use of public money.