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BBC pay-off a 'reward for failure'

MPs have delivered a scathing assessment of the way the BBC paid off former Director General George Entwistle at the expense of the licence fee payer. The Public Accounts Committee says it was a "reward for failure".

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'Cavalier use of public money' seen as reward for failure

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

The Public Accounts Committee said this "cavalier use of public money" was out of line with public expectations and what is considered acceptable elsewhere in the public sector.

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