The chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge has described the questioning of BBC executives as an "unedifying occasion which can only damage the standing and the reputation of the BBC".
Current and former BBC executives were questioned by members of the committee today in the wake of controversy over large payoffs to corporation executives.
Ms Hodge said: "At best what we've seen is incompetence, lack of central control, a failure to communicate for a broadcaster whose job is communicating.
"At worst we may have seen people covering their backs by being less than open. That is not good."