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HOUSE OF COMMONS PANEL CHASTISES BBC FOR BIG SEVERENCE PAY

December 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The huge severance payments made by the BBC to senior staff members were clearly “unacceptable,” the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee concluded in a report released over the weekend. Some 150 senior managers who stepped down between 2009 and 2012 received a total of $41 million in payouts, in many cases, more than they were entitled to received contractually. Committee chairman Margaret Hodge said in a statement, “There was evidently a failure at the highest levels of the BBC to challenge payments to senior managers and what appears to have been a culture of cronyism that allowed for the liberal use of license-fee payers’ money.” Owners of television sets in the U.K. are required to pay an annual license fee to keep the BBC operating as a public broadcaster without commercial ties. Hodge skewered the BBC Trust for “sitting on its hands, failing to fulfill one of its primary duties which is to ensure the rigorous stewardship of public money.”