Parliament wants BBC answers


The BBC. If you have been following TVRage for the last month or so, you have seen that things are not going that fantastically for the British broadcaster. It has been chaos, with the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal growing daily, the untrue allegations made by Newsnight towards a British politician and the resignation of George Entwistle and his hefty severance package.

A parliamentary committee is investigating the BBC and has added two more top BBC executives to the list of witnesses to be questioned. Tim Davie, the BBC's acting director general, and Chris Patten, chairperson of the BBC Trust, will testify before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Tuesday.

John Whittingdale, the Conservative parliament member who chairs the committee, has publically challenged the BBC and its decision making during the biggest crisis it has seen.

His committee will question other BBC executives this week, including chief financial officer Zarin Patel. The questions will focus on Entwistle's $715,000 (£450,000) exit package. Entwistle served only 54 days in his position. Where can I find a job like that?

That sum is a year's salary, which was double his entitlement under his contract. That payoff was not received kindly.

When will this mess end?

- BBC one

Written by: Hamatosan
Nov 21st, 2012, 4:01 pm

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