Sir David Attenborough has labelled the salaries of BBC's senior management as a "huge embarrassment" in the wake of the latest controversy over executive pay at the organisation.
Current and former BBC executives were heavily criticised by MPs yesterday over large payoffs to former staff.
The veteran presenter said: "It doesn't require me to say that it is a huge embarrassment that salaries of that size are being paid in a public service organisation."
Attenborough insisted the BBC were just going through a "bad patch" and remained "one of the most important strands in the cultural life" of Britain.
The 87-year-old described the possibility of a cut to the organisations funding as a potential "catastrophe".