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Entwistle to get £450,000 pay-off

George Entwistle is to receive a full 12 months salary after quitting as BBC director general over the botched Newsnight child abuse investigation, it has been disclosed.

The BBC Trust confirmed that Mr Enwistle - who served just 54 days in the job - would get a £450,000 pay-off in lieu of notice.

Under the standard executive board contract, he would normally be entitled to just six months salary.

The additional payment in the "heads of terms" agreed on Friday was said to reflect his ongoing involvement in the various inquires which the BBC has established.

A BBC Trust spokesman said: "The BBC reached a consensual termination agreement with George Entwistle last night and agreed to pay him 12 months pay, in lieu of notice. This reflects the fact that he will continue to help on BBC business, most specifically the two ongoing inquiries."

John Whittingdale , chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said he could not see any justification for such a large pay-off.

"A lot of people will be very surprised that somebody who was in the job for such a short period of time and then had to leave in these circumstances should be walking away with £450,000 of licence fee payers' money," he said.

"Certainly I would want to know from the Trust why they think that's appropriate. I want to hear an explanation but I have to say that I find it very difficult to see a justification for that amount of money to be paid to somebody who has had to resign in these circumstances.

"I wouldn't have thought that just because you have to help an inquiry into the Savile allegations you necessarily need to be paid a such a large amount of money.

"A lot of people will be giving evidence to the inquiry into the culture and practices within the BBC and I can't imagine they will all be being paid for it."


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