BBC top bosses row over staff pay-offs

BBC™s Head Lord Patten (left) and former Director General Mark Thompson (right)

Head of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC™s) Chris Patten and former director general Mark Thompson are head-to-head in a battle over alleged multimillion-pound pay-offs to former senior staff.

They were both due to present their defense cases in front of a parliamentary committee on Monday.

MPs are probing allegations of special payments of up to £1 million to the BBC™s executives.

Thompson, currently the CEO of the New York Times, said BBC Trust Chief Lord Patten and trustee Anthony Fry are guilty of œfundamentally misleading” MPs over the pay-offs by concealing information.

Patten and Fry firmly deny the accusations, saying members of the Trust were not always included in the decisions made over pay.

Fry said Thompson™s letter to the Trust about deputy director general Mark Byford™s pay-off contradicted what the National Audit Office said was out of the contractual agreement as the former BBC chief had claimed Byford got what was mentioned in his contract.

Byford left the BBC with a total bumper pay-off of £949,000.

Conservative MP for Reading East Rob Wilson has called for the immediate resignation or sacking of any official shown to have misled parliament without proper justification.

The National Audit Office has found that since 2005, £60 million has been paid out to the corporation™s senior managers.

Around one fourth of the cases were reported to be more than the state-broadcaster had to pay under the staffs™ contracts.

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