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BBC criticised over severance pay

The BBC has been criticised by the National Audit Office for paying out £25m to 150 senior BBC managers in severance payments.

The BBC has been criticised by the National Audit Office for paying out £25m in severance to 150 senior BBC managers, and risking "public trust".

The top 10 payments in the three years to December 2012 accounted for 20% of the total.

The BBC said the savings it had made from senior manager redundancies exceeded the cost of severance pay.

The BBC's director general Tony Hall said: "These payments were from another era and we are putting a stop to them."

David Sillito reports.