Friday 27 April 2018

BBC scores 'own goal' with pay-offs – Norton

Graham Norton: criticism
Graham Norton: criticism

Sherna Noah

Graham Norton has hit out at the BBC over giant pay-offs given to his former bosses.

The chat-show host complained that the severance payments – which included £470,000 (€550,156) to former BBC director-general George Entwistle after only 54 days in the job and £680,000 (€795,970) to former chief operating officer Caroline Thomson – had been an "own goal" for the corporation.

Norton (50) who earned £2.6m (€3m) last year through his production company So Television, told the 'Radio Times' it "defies belief" that former bosses had received large payouts while BBC staff were making do with less.

"They are scoring way too many own goals. There's a new triumvirate, Charlotte (Moore) is in there (as controller of BBC1), Danny (Cohen) is now head of television and you've got (director-general) Tony Hall, and you hope we can start again and that those sort of mistakes won't continue to be made," he said.

"Because it did seem extraordinary in a time of cuts where you were asking everyone who works for the BBC who's loyal and doing a good job to tighten their belts and take a reduction in pay, while those people who'd dragged the BBC into disrepute were being handed sacks of cash."

Irish Independent

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