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Lord Patten: BBC 'can't go on' like this

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The BBC has been accused of a "cavalier" attitude towards licence fee money over a £450,000 payoff to director-general George Entwistle but the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), with MPs warning: "Public servants should not be rewarded for failure."

The PAC's chair Margaret Hodge warned that out-of-touch BBC executives risked inflaming "dangerous" calls for the broadcaster to be subject to more political oversight.

Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, told Today presenter John Humphrys that the PAC's treatment of the BBC over George Entwistle's payoff "is a bit shabby" as they "they don't look at our legal arguments".

He said that the task in hand is now an "obligation was to act as rapidly as possible to sort out what had gone wrong in the BBC."

"It's about bad management that has to be changed," he added.

He went on to say that over the last 30 years the corporation have lost three directors general "because of cock-ups in the way we manage current affairs and journalism.... We can't go on like that."

Lord Patten's comments follow yesterday's publication of the Pollard inquiry into the BBC's decision to scrap a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile, which said there was "chaos and confusion" at the BBC but that there had been no cover-up.


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