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Summary: The chairman said the Trust was only contacted about two of the payments by former director general Mark Thompson and was assured they were within contractual terms and had been signed off by the executive remuneration committee. The corporation was criticised by the National Audit Office in a report published earlier this month saying the scale of the payments risked public trust. This included three weeks' salary worth 25,000 that was not part of his severance package of 450,000. - bbc.co.ukwww.bbc.co.ukBBC News - Lord Patten: Shock and dismay…
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