UK’s public spending watchdog to probe BBC payoffs

Probe comes after lawmakers accused BBC of paying £450,000 in severance to ex director-general George Entwistle
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First Published: Thu, Dec 27 2012. 05 41 PM IST
A file photo of BBC headquarters in London. Photo: AFP
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London: Britain’s public spending watchdog said it will investigate severance packages at the BBC in the wake of a highly-criticized payout to the broadcaster’s former director general.
The probe comes after a group of British lawmakers accused the BBC of being cavalier with taxpayers’ money by paying £450,000 in severance to George Entwistle—double the amount he was entitled to—when he quit last month over the BBC’s disastrous handling of fallout from the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.
Barry Lester, a spokesman for the National Audit Office (NAO), said on Wednesday the watchdog had written to the BBC saying it wanted to look at Entwistle’s payout and that the broadcaster had responded by asking the NAO to undertake a wider study in 2013 on its severance packages.
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