Almost 200 BBC executives given pay-offs of more than 100,000 EACH in just three years

BBC to be investigated by watchdog over revelations that 200 executives received pay-offs of 100,000 EACH in just three years A total of 14 senior managers pocketed more than 300,000 eachHighest individual payment was 949,000 to Mark Byford MPs said losing a well-paid job at BBC is like 'winning the lottery' By Simon Cable PUBLISHED: 05:04 GMT, 26 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:13 GMT, 27 December 2012 The BBC is to be investigated by the National Audit Office after it emerged that almost 200 of the corporation’s managers have been handed payoffs of 100,000 each in the past three years. The watchdog is to examine the scale of severance packages in the New Year after MPs recently claimed that losing a job at the BBC was like ‘winning the lottery’. The move comes after it was revealed that the BBC’s former Director General, George Entwistle, received a 450,000 exit package when he left the job last month – double what he was entitled to

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Patten must take the blame for a sorry saga

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Patten must take the blame for a sorry saga | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 21 December 2012 It was a shameless display of sneering arrogance. In his interview on the Radio 4 Today programme yesterday, everyone, according to Lord Patten, was to blame for the BBC’s shortcomings over the Savile and McAlpine scandals but the Trust chairman himself. The primary target of his scorn was the Commons Public Accounts Committee, which he twice accused of ‘shabby’ behaviour for daring to criticise the 450,000 severance deal – double the legal entitlement – that he authorised to failed Director General George Entwistle