BBC executives challenged over pay-offs
MPs on the influential Public Accounts Committee have grilled former BBC boss Mark Thompson and other senior executives over BBC pay-offs.
Mr Thompson was one of seven past and present executives to give evidence to the committee after the BBC was criticised for paying out £25m to 150 outgoing senior staff - £2m more than required in their contracts - from 2009 to 2012.
In April, the new director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, told the committee he would introduce a £150,000 cap on senior manager redundancy payments.
Mr Thompson appeared alongside:
- Marcus Agius, former chairman of the BBC Executive Board Remuneration Committee
- BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten
- Anthony Fry, BBC Trustee
- Sir Michael Lyons, former Trust chairman
- HR director Lucy Adams, who has announced she is to leave the BBC in March 2014.