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Thompson: BBC knew of payoffs

The former BBC director-general Mark Thompson has hit back at claims by the BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten, insisting the corporation was aware of the scale of hefty pay-offs made to former executives.

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£949K payoff to Mark Byford is 'uncomfortable' for BBC

Among the payoffs revealed by a National Audit Office is that of the BBC's former deputy director general Mark Byford who reportedly received £949,000 when he left the corporation in 2011.

Former BBC Deputy director-general Mark Byford Credit: PA/PA Wire

BBC HR director Lucy Adams admitted to the committee that the size of the payoff was "uncomfortable," but said it had been agreed at the time because Mr Byford agreed to leave before the stipulated 12 month notice period.

It was "customer practice at that time," she added.

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