The chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, has told MPs he had no choice but to agree to a £450,000 pay-off to director general George Entwistle.
Giving evidence to MPs on 27 November 2012 he said Mr Entwistle and his lawyers insisted he would not go unless he was paid a full 12 months' salary.
He added that if Mr Entwistle was found to have done anything in breach of his contract "we can claw back some of the remunerations that has been paid".
Also giving evidence was acting Director-General Tim Davie who said the BBC needed to be more transparent and "slightly more humble".
MPs asked questions about the abandoned Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile, and the Newsnight report which led to a settlement with Lord McAlpine after he was wrongly implicated in child abuse.
In his resignation statement, Mr Entwistle condemned the "unacceptable journalistic standards" of the Newsnight report on child abuse, but he added that he was "ultimately responsible for all content".