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BBC SCORED FOR GIVING HEFTY GOLDEN PARACHUTE TO EX CHIEF

December 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Patten

The BBC has come in for additional censure for its decision to pay former director-general George Entwistle £450,000 (about $700,000) after he stepped down after less than two months on the job following the scandal over the decision to cancel a Newsnight report that would have revealed that the late Jimmy Savile, a popular BBC host, had molested children. A report by the Public Accounts Committee charged that the payoff was “out of line both with public expectations and what is considered acceptable elsewhere in the public sector.” But most analysts agreed that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to force Entwistle to return any of the funds. Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, said during a BBC radio interview, “We’ve taken legal advice about whether we could actually take any money back.