close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Lawmakers grill BBC bosses over payoff row

The former director of the BBC has defended his tenure in front of lawmakers probing a row over oversized executive payoffs.



London: The former director of the BBC has defended his tenure in front of lawmakers probing a row over oversized executive payoffs.

Mark Thompson, now chief executive of The New York Times Co., told Parliament`s Public Accounts Committee the payoffs were "value for money" for the corporation over the long term.

The BBC has been criticized for paying 25 million pounds (USD 39 million) to outgoing senior staff, about 2 million pounds more than their contracts required.

The payoffs have sparked a war of words between Thompson and other BBC bosses who appeared before lawmakers for questioning on Monday.

Thompson accused BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten of misleading lawmakers with claims he did not know about the issue, an accusation Patten rejected.

Thompson left BBC last year for his new role.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi