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Ex-BBC boss defended over large payoffs to staff

Sir Michael Lyons, former chairman of the BBC Trust. Credit: PA Wire

Committee chair Margaret Hodge told Sir Michael Lyons, former chairman of the BBC Trust: "You could have done it for less, that's the whole premise for us."

He replied: "I have heard your message but I am not personally convinced that's the case. My judgment tends towards that of the Director General here."

He said that it was a way of doing things that prevented "disruption" to BBC services and projects that were in the pipeline.