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Byford needed payoff to remain 'focused' on job

Former Director General Mark Thompson said he had inherited a way of doing things at the BBC, telling MPs: "I did not loosen the financial controls in this area."

He was asked why Mark Byford required an extra payment when he was contractually due to receive around half-a-million pounds.

Mr Thompson, who said he did not believe there was any "favouritism" in deciding payoffs, said the payment to Mr Byford was needed so he could remain "focused" on his job and not be distracted