UK watchdog to probe BBC payoffs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 22:57
  
London: Britain's public spending watchdog says it will investigate severance packages at the BBC in the wake of a highly-criticised 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 pounds (USD 730,000) 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, said today that the watchdog had written to 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.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 22:57


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