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PAC BBC criticism 'shabby' - Patten

PAC BBC criticism 'shabby' - Patten
George Entwistle's £450,000 payoff was the best deal the BBC could negotiate in the circumstances of his departure, Lord Patten has said.

The chair of the BBC Trust hit back at criticism from MPs who argued that the payoff was a waste of licence fee-payers' money.

“You’re not supposed to criticise the Public Accounts Committee, it’s a bit like in politics the equivalent of swearing in church, but I do think the treatment we’ve had from them is a bit shabby," he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

Labour MP Barry Sheerman has hit out at Lord Patten's response to the PAC report, and in the Commons today he called on him to resign.

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee had slammed the award in a report released this morning.

Committee chair Margaret Hodge said Mr Entwistle had been “rewarded for failure”, after he stood down in the wake of the Newsnight fiasco.

Speaking to the Today programme, Ms Hodge said that the pay-out was made by a "management tier" who "just don't get" public anger over how the licence fee is used.

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