BBC urged to sack its HR director over ‘sweetener’ remark

The BBC is under growing political pressure to sack its director of HR following evidence presented to the Commons Public Accounts Committee this week in which she described executive pay offs as ‘sweeteners.’

The loaded term sparked outrage amongst MPs when Lucy Adams conceded under questioning that ‘I may have used the term by means of an incentive to get a swift resolution.’

Adams is due to quit the broadcaster in April but the furore has led to calls for her to be dismissed with immediate effect.

Commenting on her fate Conservative MP Rob Wilson said: “She should go now. She has been proved to be incompetent and she misled the committee. After her performance this week, the BBC has significant grounds to let her go immediately.

“Here you have a highly paid woman who hasn’t been behaving in the way that she should, but is allowed to dictate the terms of her own departure.

“If the BBC is to regain the public trust, it needs to get a grip and start disciplinary proceedings against all those who signed off excessive severance payments.”

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