Thursday 23 October 2014

Entwistle 'demanded' extra cash on BBC exit

Published 28/11/2012 | 05:00

George Entwistle asked for "more" money than his controversial £450,000 (€557,000) severance package while negotiating his exit as director-general, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten revealed.

He said Mr Entwistle also insisted on, and received, other payments to cover legal costs and specialist PR advice as part of the resignation deal. The BBC Trust chairman said there was a chance some of the money could be "clawed back" if he was found to have breached BBC guidelines.

Details of the payout emerged during a stormy two-and-a-half hour session of the British Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

Mr Entwistle was entitled to six months' severance but walked away with a year's pay after demanding an even larger sum, Lord Patten said. "He wanted to go and he wanted to go on 12 months – and more." (© Independent News Service)

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