BBC severance pay under microscope

MoneyAnd the hits keep coming. 

The British Broadcasting Corporation is facing a political investigation into its severance pay packages (hello George Entwistle!), as they have risen in recently years in staggering numbers. The BBC is publically funded and has to answer for how its funds are spent.

Now Britain’s National Audit Office will be investigating these payouts early in 2013. This investigation is a part of the fallout for Entwistle's, the former BBC's director general for 54 days, severance package. It raised eyebrows as it was for $725,000 (£450,000), with full medical coverage and press relations provided for a year. Entwistle left the BBC after the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal became headline news, as well as 'Newsnight' falsely accused a former politician of misconduct.

The Parliament of England criticized his severance pay, calling it a “cavalier" misuse of the fees taxpayers pay to keep the BBC running.

Maria Miller, Britain’s Culture Secretary, said that the NAO could conduct a "value for money" review into Entwistle's severance and possibly other severances that raised eyebrows.

From 2010 to 2011, the cost of BBC payoffs rose to $94 million (£58 million) from £27 million. And payoffs for the first part of 2012 were at $23 million (£14 million).


- BBC one

Written by: Hamatosan
Dec 26th, 2012, 8:02 am

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