BBC director-general George Entwistle had been in his job for just 54 days when he resigned. Few people shed any tears at his departure. He was not only an ineffective leader, but he’d just given a lamentable interview to John Humphrys on the Radio 4 Today programme.
Still, after 20 years of moving through the corporation ranks, Entwistle was clearly due something.
His pay-off, however, was astounding. As the BBC told the Public Accounts Committee, there had been £450,000 for starters, which was double Entwistle’s contractual entitlement. On top of that, he got the legal costs involved in negotiating his pay-off.
Plus a further £107,000 to pay costs he’d incurred while appearing as a witness at the Jimmy Savile sex-abuse inquiry — which was investigating dozens of allegations of rape, sex abuse and paedophilia by the BBC star. Plus 12 months of medical insurance. Plus £6,000 to cover PR costs — because his reputation was being trashed by the media.