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BBC payoffs 'caused by a culture of cronyism'

The Public Accounts Committee has accused the BBC of "a failure at the highest levels" in handing over excessive payoffs to senior staff.

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BBC payoffs 'total £25 million'

The Public Accounts Committee has said that 150 senior managers of the BBC have between them received payoffs totalling £25 million.

Former Director-General George Entwistle was given a £470,000 payoff after 54 days in the job. Credit: PA

Chairperson Margaret Hodge said they were "dismayed to find that many of these individuals received 'sweeteners' in their severance packages that were far larger than the sums to which they were contractually entitled."

The MP also accused the BBC Trust, the corporation's governing body, of "sitting on its hands" while the pay-offs were being made.

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