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BBC Worldwide boss bails with bumper £800k payout


By John Glenday, Reporter

April 29, 2013 | 1 min read

John Smith, former head of BBC Worldwide, has pocketed an £800k payout from the public service broadcaster just one week after its new director general announced plans to cap such largesse at £150k, according to reports in the Telegraph.

Smith’s generous package includes one year’s notice of £447k in addition to bonus payments of up to £386k based on the findings of a remuneration committee attended by Hall - on top of his £4m pension pot.

The eye watering sum comes just days after Hall appeared before MPs to announce that he would impose a £150k cap on future payments due to mounting public anger over perceived profligacy of amongst their top brass.

This was seen as a public rebuke to Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, who sanctioned a £450 pay out to Hall’s disgraced predecessor, George Entwistle.

Smith has been praised in some quarters however foe overseeing a doubling in revenue of the BBCs commercial operations, despite the disastrous purchase of Lonely Planet for £130m, subsequently offloaded for just £51.5m.


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