November 12th, 2012

Patten Defends Indefensible Entwistle Pay-Off
Government Stand-Off Brewing


163 Comments

  1. 1
    Hank the Cat says:

    Fat Pang was the one who signed this off

  2. 2
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Well that was unexpected.

  3. 3
    Indo says:

    He resigned, because of a series of errors on his watch : pay him 6 months.

    Its tax payer money!

  4. 4
    Kebab Time says:

    All in it together!

  5. 5
    The Public says:

    Sack him. Not fit for purpose. Next.

  6. 6
    The Public says:

    He should leave with nothing

  7. 7
    Hush money says:

    Paid to keep stum.

  8. 8
  9. 9
    Hank the Cat says:

    It’s in the DNA a trougher will always help another trougher sort of a code of conduct.

  10. 10
    Boris says:

    This tragedy is not about the BBC; it is about the smearing of an innocent man. The BBC needs to grasp that first.

  11. 11
    The Public says:

    We will be the judge of the value of his silence.

  12. 12
    Andrew Efiong says:

    No way he should get a penny of public money.

  13. 13
    Some Twat up North says:

    £8,490.56604 per day……………….. Bargain

    That’s 3,103.44828 license fees………. Bargain

    God, he was a good DG.

  14. 14
    Red Ed says:

    Those who do duty for Pravda are glorious supporters of the People and the People reward them for thanks at the great progress made by the Democratic People’s Broadcasting Truth Ministry.

  15. 15
    Stepney says:

    Written with the usual laissez-faire attitude to public money that lifetime troughers like Patten normally exhibit.

    200,000 here, 200,000 there. Who should give a fck? The money just keeps rolling in; got to spend it on something eh Chrissy boy?

  16. 16
    Tom says:

    He’s resigned without personal misdemeanor taking the BBC’s interest above his own. 12 months is reasonable.

  17. 17
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    So this is where all the extortionate telly tax goes, close down the BBC and sack the lot of them

  18. 18
    simon r says:

    Sack Patten and put Murdoch in charge of the BBC – that will f**k them

  19. 19
    UKIP.i.am.still says:

    Would the BBC have accepted this kind of reward without criticism had it been a private company executive who had been forced to resign? Standard state hypocrisy.

  20. 20
    Shooty* says:

    Good thing there’s a bottomless BBC Money pit.

    There are petitions about the license fee on that gov’t petition site. Hopefully this should boost the number of people signing up for them.

  21. 21
    Tom says:

    Not his errors. You’re all getting over excited.

  22. 22
    Hank the Cat says:

    The thing that the BBC should be worried about is critical mass time when there are too many snouts to go into the trough

  23. 23
    Hush money says:

    Should be called Strictly fuck off. Parasites!

  24. 24
    Sophie says:

    Patten gave Entwistle the job.

    Twice now in a matter of days Patton has been shown to be utterly incompetent.

    He must resign. Today.

  25. 25
    I am putting this comment in the Public Domain says:

    Patten must go.

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    At risk of taking a pasting from you headbangers, I’m with Patten. He’d have got 12 months pay for being a difficult bastard and insisting that the Trustees’ sack him – he did the decent thing and would only have gotten 6 months. Incentive subverted, as it so often is in employment matters. You ought to get rewarded for decent behaviour, not for being a sod.

  27. 27
    Some Twat up North says:

    Patten has been incompetent all his useless life. Done alright out of it has he not.

  28. 28
    Tom says:

    This tragedy is not about the BBC, or even the incorrect naming of an innocent man. It’s about abuse victims in Wales from where the confusion stemmed.

  29. 29
  30. 30
    Terrible But True says:

    Mrs. Merton: ‘What was it about the principle and precedent of vastly excessive payoffs to inept market rate public sector talents that first attracted you to sign off on the one for the man you hired and whose contract you negotiated?’

  31. 31
    NFC says:

    It was all within the rules (which nobody has seen a copy of).

  32. 32
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    What a bizarre letter. Patton is a useless buffoon.

  33. 33
    One-term Dave, a vacuous knave, says:

    “So far Downing Street have said this is “hard to justify””

    Our membership of the EU is at best “hard to justify”, but I’m going to do SFA about that, too.

  34. 34
    dunstall says:

    Just watched the first interview with the acting DG Tim Davie,deeply unimpressive if he is the best in house then they are in more trouble than they think,this is an organisation in dire need of root and branch reform.

  35. 35
    paddybriggs says:

    Truly dreadful letter. Arrogant. Insensitive. Ignorant. Pompous….

  36. 36
    Pat 10 says:

    It’s Pattently obvious that a Patten is emerging which is Pattenionally damaging to the BBC

  37. 37
    Tony Blair says:

    £450 grand? Pah! That’s small fry! Now, which country can we have a war with next to line my pockets?

  38. 38
    bergen says:

    It’s only the public’s money after all.

    He resigned. He was entitled to 6 months pay. If Patten and his friends wanted to give him an ex gratia payment above his contractual rights, they can get their own cheque books out.

    The case for the BBC becoming a subscription service (if it is to continue at all) is now overwhelming.

  39. 39
    Fast approaching Christmas Carol says:

    O or E and E or O

  40. 40
    Place your bets says:

    What are the odds on Patten quitting before the week is up?

  41. 41
    paddybriggs says:

    If it was Patton all might be well. Sadly it’s Patten.

  42. 42
    another dickhead says:

    He wanted out because he couldnt handle the pressure of the job.
    A man with honour wouldnt take the enhanced pay-off.
    Hand the money back, Entwhistle.

  43. 43
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    He said he’s going to get a grip. Not clear of what though?

  44. 44
    another dickhead says:

    Scruffy twat wasnt wearing a tie.
    Sack him.

  45. 45
    Fred the Shred says:

    Public money. Absolutely disgusting!

  46. 46
    From Bangladesh now in Essex! says:

    Not really, when spending other people’s money being ridiculously generous is always easy.

  47. 47
  48. 48
    Steve Miliband says:

    Entwistle will probably martyr himself and not take a years salary for 54 days work. But why on earth do the BBC feel that a person that resigns their position should get more than a months salary

  49. 49
    NFC says:

    One bollock could manage an ‘impossible’ to justify.

  50. 50
    Gonk II says:

    Of course it is. This ‘agreement’ together with their complete lack of understanding of the damage they’ve done is quite incredible.

  51. 51
    The Sleeper says:

    How do you get to “with no personal misdemeanor”???

    He’s the Boss…

    He didn’t bother to ask about the Savile Newsnight piece..despite being warned.

    He didn’t bother to ask about the 2 Nov Newsnight piece…despite it being right in the middle of a scandal breaking.

    He didn’t even see the piece before it was broadcast.

    It was all beneath him in “the chain of command”.

    He’s totally culpable…period.

  52. 52
    Dr Fatson says:

    No shit Sherlock!

  53. 53
    Bewildered Public and that's how we like it says:

    Laughable article by Andrew Marr’s wifie on the Guardian site:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/11/bbc-newsnight-entwistle-poor-managment

  54. 54
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    @SallyBercow
    Patten is trending.

  55. 55
    The Public says:

    His error was in not having a clue and not giving a toss about not having a clue.

  56. 56
    Dr Fatson says:

    Confusion? Ha bloody ha! It was a fucking smear campaign.

  57. 57
    Timon says:

    “What need one?” King Lear.

  58. 58
    Observer says:

    Perhaps Chris could pay the Entwistle gratuity himself. He has enough dosh. Or perhaps he should just leave it to the “Little people” to pay.

    I wonder which route he will choose…

  59. 59
    Andrew Neil says:

    Not a bad idea..

  60. 60
    The Public says:

    You work in the public sector and I claim my £5 tax demand

  61. 61
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    You don’t suppose he is being mindful of his own golden parachute do you?

  62. 62
    SouthEastVoter says:

    Agreed – but why did the BBC Trust issue a contract on that basis?

  63. 63
    None of the above says:

    So reading that letter the BBC appear not to have a contract clause that any other employee would have called ‘gross misconduct’ a couple of typical gross misconduct examples are …

    1. Head butting your manager because he doesnt say good morning in the correct way.

    2. Not having a clue at all about editorial decisions on major known to be dynamite revelations, while not appearing to even give 2 shite. After presiding as director of vision over a similar debacle.

    Gross misconduct is instant dismissal with no notice period.

    Why cant they do that? If he wishes to contest that see him in court.

    And its not the trusts money, its the publics who are shook down for it every year !

  64. 64
    A man in the BBC's Pudsey Bear costume says:

    Can I still walk around children’s hospitals, asking kiddies to stroke me?

  65. 65
    Some Twat up North says:

    Enough of this jollity chaps.

    Lets get down to some serious business, we all need to pull together, get our hands in our pockets and start payin Abu Qatadas benefits again.

    Merry Xmas

  66. 66
    Clipboard says:

    Its not a pit. Its a money tree in the Blue Peter garden. That and a dossier on most of the weirdos in Parliament

  67. 67
    golli says:

    His Teles piece is absolutely spot on but that of course means the Beeb will arrogantly ignore it. Talk of the Titanic!

  68. 68
    HenryV says:

    Shame Dave is such a weak kneed wet blanket. This is golden opportunity to dismantle Labour’s propaganda wing yet he will do nothing. Come 2015 and the BBC will be spending tax paying money on one long Labour Party Political Broadcast ready for the General Election.

    Somebody needs to open a second front and go after that report on bias against Israel. Let’s get back to Saville and BBC covering abuse too.

    All there for the taking and Dave will do nothing.

  69. 69
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Heavy on the lipstick!

  70. 70
    horatio bottomley says:

    a boy has got to have a start in life!

  71. 71
    SouthEastVoter says:

    I bet we will get a bigger pay off – It was in the contract!

  72. 72
    BodMot says:

    I think it needs Salted earth reform

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Blame Tom Watson for this. He’s the one who started all the rumours – trying to smear innocent people and stir up an imaginary Tory hornet’s nest.

    Watson has diverted attention from the victims to gossip on the internet.

    Conclusion: Tom Watson – not the sharpest tool

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    The problem with decent men is that they take indecent lengths of time to act.

    That is why all institutions culture the ineffective bosses. They have a purpose. They have a moral compass, but do not point the direction out until after the disaster.

  75. 75
    The Sleeper says:

    Davie ….”The chain of command has worked in the past”

    “As the man in charge I need to get a grip”…”I’ve done blah blah”…”It was a busy day yesterday”…FFS

    Sounds like a prize prick,full of his own self importance…still he’ll have his few weeks of infamy,and will then disappear without trace.

  76. 76
    Engineer says:

    Entwhistle seems to be one of those people who would come out smelling of roses if they fell in a sewer.

    He spent half a lifetime rising without trace through the byzantine BBC heirarchy, his only contribution of note being the badly botched coverage of the Queens’s jubilee celebrations. Then he make a complete and utter mess of the top job, being totally uninformed about the hottest topic of national news for over a week, falls on his sword and skips off into the sunset with a huge cheque.

    The guy must be a political genius.

  77. 77
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Read the comments by one ‘BreathlessEnthusiasm’.

    Got to be a send up. But on CiF you can never be sure.

  78. 78
    Prince Charles says:

    I am happy to feed him at my own personal expense.

  79. 79
    None of the above says:

    The rules are archived with the list of 28 climate specialists and as such is not subject to FOI

  80. 80
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    He should be Humphry’d

  81. 81
    Peter Mandelson says:

    What else would you expect from a European Commissioner?

  82. 82
  83. 83
    NFC says:

    Unless shortarse is another one that hasn’t got a clue as to what is happening in the real world, Sally pride of our alley will be trussed up in the wine cellar with no internet access and duck tape wrapped around her mouth.

  84. 84
  85. 85
    Herman Van Rompuy. says:

    Yep.You’ve got it in one.

  86. 86
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    I hope the BBC has an insurance policy in place to cover their libel fines. If not why not?

  87. 87
    golli says:

    He resigned because as the pilot he landed the plane in the bush with the undercarriage up, the seat belts unfastened and the stewardess in the co-pilots seat while allowing others to traduce an innocent man’s reputation. He should be in court alongside BerKow, Boaden and anyone else McAlpine sees fit to sue. But then as the banksters continue to get away literally with murder (see latest Spanish suicides), what else do we expect these days?

  88. 88
    Chariman says:

    Good idea. Let’s reward their diligence by giving them the honour to dig sitches in the countryside alongside the peasantry.

  89. 89
    Mrs Kindleysides, Penrith says:

    Tom Watson is to blame for diverting attention from the victims to gossip on the internet.

    Watson is not concerned about the victims, but more about smearing the Tory Party and trying to score political points for himself and the labour party.

    He reminds me of the whingeing coward at school who was always trying to get people in to trouble, because he couldn’t get his own way.

    Have we had any apology from the idiot Watson? Labour should gag him as he’s clearly not the sharpest tool.

  90. 90
    Michael Fucking Parkinson says:

    A free Parker Pen anyone?

  91. 91
  92. 92
    Boudicca says:

    Davie could barely string a coherent sentence together and made Entwistle look dynamic.
    If that’s the best the BBC can do for an Acting DG, they’re f*cked.

  93. 93
    Abu Qatada says:

    I do not eat pork sausages.

  94. 94
    Dave says:

    We are all in this together chaps.

  95. 95
    Ffion says:

    Has everyone forgotten about my Willy?

  96. 96
    Labour nonce says:

    Thank fuck for the D-notice!

  97. 97
    A Noligarch says:

    The ability to down a couple of gin and tonics on the deck of a large yacht and no recollection of anything else.

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    He only needs to string it out for a few weeks and he could walk away with a massive pay-off….

  99. 99
    Mrs Kindleysides, Penrith says:

    Mr K pressed the submit comment button before I had finished. Full (and revised message below).

  100. 100
    Philip Scofield says:

    Yes please, I just need to jot some names down on a card

  101. 101
    Anonymous says:

    pattonbatton will go.

  102. 102
    Some Twat up North says:

    Bumming small boys in Morocco?

  103. 103
    Philip Scofield says:

    Ahh Heath Ledger I will add his name to my list

  104. 104
  105. 105
    Mr Fitness For Purpose says:

    Fat Pang is too heavy to use a parachute. I think he needs to lose a bit of weight.

  106. 106
    golli says:

    You’ll eat what you get given and thank God for it!

  107. 107
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    Fat Pat, chairman of the BBC Trust, said that the night of George Entwistle’s resignation was “the saddest” in his long life in public affairs.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/sad-stories-from-the-lord-patten-saga-8306624.html

  108. 108
    cheche says:

    I dont hear the BBC wittering on about this as they did with Hestor

  109. 109
    NFC says:

    Time to send in the BIJ swat team (LOL).

  110. 110
    Sir WW says:

    To be fair, he had to take the bullet for other people’s errors over which he had no actual control. It would have been more appropriate to demote him to one of those empty-sounding ‘management’ positions in which the Beeb specialises. You know – Deputy Head of Interaction or some such.

  111. 111
    Loakes and Robbins says:

    They are archived in Walthamstow Town Hall where, like all the other non-existent documents, they can’t be accessed due to the asbestos we claim is in there.

  112. 112
    Anonymous says:

    +several hundred million.

  113. 113
    robbie says:

    There really is NO story here. By no means the worst settlement I’ve seen, but hardly the best either – just ask Bob Diamond.

  114. 114
    Anon & fcuk the B B C says:

    +15M

  115. 115
    Anonymous says:

    that 100 year nonce.no.sense has to finish.

  116. 116
    Lord Manandboy says:

    I have no idea what you are talking about.

  117. 117
    The taxpayer says:

    Because they intend to send the bill to me

  118. 118
    S.S. says:

    At 55 years old I just bought my first TV. After this there is no chance I will buy a licence.
    Entwistle can pay for it, I as an arthritic cripple exist on benefits not allowed to work, the government will not let me.

  119. 119
    Sir WW says:

    Lady Waad and I had a butler once who was a lot like this Patten fellow in his ways, though not to look at. As soon as he joined us, things began to go wrong but somehow it was never his fault. Broken china, cold soup, even a fire in the butler’s pantry but he was always able to blame the housekeeper, the cook or the electrician. We had to pay him off in the end, after which the mishaps mysteriously stopped!

  120. 120
    Jeremy H*nt says:

    I am hard to justify

  121. 121
    National Socialist says:

    Chicken feed compared with the West Coast Main Line fuckup

  122. 122
    National Socialist says:

    In the real world if you resign you get nothing. If they needed Entwistle in the future he could work his notice counting paperclips

  123. 123
    Anonymous says:

    NOTB…I found these at the bottom of my screen…I figure they’re yours.

    ””’

  124. 124
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Not the sharpest, but a tool nonetheless.

  125. 125
    National Socialist says:

    “Judge rules Abu Qatada will not be deported”

    I predict riots…

  126. 126
    Sir WW says:

    He was ‘Head of Vision’, a function you might reasonably expect at Specsavers or a shrine to Our Lady, but sounding pretentious and wet at a broadcaster.

  127. 127
    Anon & fcuk the B B C says:

    Perhaps this is what Fatty Fang Pang is hoping for…….

    also remember that Fatty Fang Pang has a multitude of other jobs……so at best

    he’s only a very part time B B C Chairman…..with no real Leadership skills other

    than he has been sucking on the Tax Payers Money Teat most of his adult

    life……its time someone had the guts to choke off this money supply something

    his chum Dave doe’s not have the guts today, but then again Dave has ensured

    he’s is only a one term PM maybe less …..with luck… but the last thing we need

    is the return of the reign of terror aka ZanuLieLabor

  128. 128
    Nigel S says:

    Exactly what some ex Beeboid news editor said on Thursday morning on Toady (well her accent was slightly more refined of course).

  129. 129
    Sick of the FCUKing greed and lies, still! says:

    The theme of the letter seems to be based around contracts and notice periods. I find it difficult to believe that Honour doesn’t seem to come into it. All the Politicians use the irritating phrase “it’s the right thing to do”. Surely it was the right thing to do that Entwhistle resign and forgo any renumeration or is that sort of sentiment only for “Pleb’s”?

  130. 130
    Anon Hacked off Voter !! says:

    I predict this Judge will be leaving the country very soon & will not return…..ever…

  131. 131
    will says:

    he could have decided to give the money to the nspcc or another childrens charity but trousered a full year when for resignation he was entitled to 3 months

  132. 132
    Tom says:

    I can see no personal midemeanor in your list.
    A reason to review editorial control, that’s all.
    I can see a lot of over reaction going on though.

  133. 133
    Tom says:

    I assume you haven’t had lunch yet and your blood sugar’s getting low based on another incorrect over-excited over-statement.

  134. 134
    CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

    Problem is, whenever any of the bosses leave the BBC they are immediately replaced by like minded leftie Guardianistas. Just look at the line up for the job of next DG – Labour apparatchiks the lot of them.

  135. 135

    That letter looks very much like the opening paragraph of Chris Pattens own resignation letter. I wonder what deal HE will manage to screw out of the Trust?

  136. 136
    NFC says:

    A bit harsh Sir Waad the under butler obviously had to go, hadn’t got a clue where he had left the key to the Tantalus or as they euphemistically say these days ‘step down’ and perhaps he was suffering from shell shock due to his horrific experience of 54 days of unremitting bullshit being rained down on him or up him, whatever. I must say your exceedingly generous severance payment of a shilling a week calculated @ anno1066 rates and adjusted for 500 years of inflation will will be a comfort to him in his twilight years.

  137. 137

    In the real world of the private sector the incompetent Entwhistle would have been sacked and got bugger all.

    In the cloistered world of the well connected elite they take care of their own, especially if the hard pressed taxpayer is picking uo the bill.

    What planet is Fat Pang living on if he considers this an “honourable offer to resign”?

  138. 138
    Ordure-ordure says:

    Tom is Welsh for dung. No, really.

  139. 139
    bergen says:

    I really think it’s genuine.Utterly bonkers.

  140. 140
    Tom says:

    Led by whom? The Welsh victim? Dont think so, he was simply confused and others got carried. The Lord rested on his laurels and the rest is history.

    Next item please George.

  141. 141
    The savant5 says:

    ” consensual resignation ” Fat ??

    Is that a variant on consensual sex or is it. such a long time since you partook. That the. Memory. Fades ??

  142. 142
    Anne Robinson says:

    Chris Patten, you are the Weakest Link………….Goodbye.

  143. 143
    The savant5 says:

    Does the fact. Helen Boaden and some other senior bloke from the executive suite have been. “Suspended “. Mean they are on five years. Gardening leave on full. Emoluments ??

    Tell you. What. Let s change the name to. Hard labour leave an d stick them in the.
    Belmarsh on bread and water .

    Afte all now qatada s been given the free reign of uk. Pulpits again there willl. Be room if they share the bunk on an eight hour shift basis …

  144. 144
    Leaves on the line says:

    Using a bidding process put in place by the previous Liebor government

  145. 145
    NE Frontiersman says:

    How? If you resign without giving notice, that should entitle you to nothing, let alone double. They’re living in a different world: time for the tumbril.
    Are they afraid of what he’d have come out with if they’d asked him to stay on?

  146. 146
    NE Frontiersman says:

    An innocent man who never chose to sue the backside off David Icke, and all those others naming him online for the last several years.

  147. 147
    NE Frontiersman says:

    So why resign? Not being up to the job isn’t reason for compensation: or is it now a case of bullying if you’re over-promoted?

  148. 148
    NE Frontiersman says:

    ‘He resigned. He was entitled to 6 months pay..’
    How? He was required to give 6 months notice, not the same thing, surely? Do you get compensated for breaching your own contract these days? Being self-employed, it’s all a big mystery to me.

  149. 149
    Anonymous says:

    pattonbatton is an appointee. someone needs to un.appoint him.

  150. 150
    Putting the twat in watson says:

    Its about the left state aparatus trying to smear the right.

  151. 151
    Little Englander says:

    Every where I have worked over the past 40 years, the notice period has been one month on either side – me or them being the giver of the notice. So why do these people need such a long notice period?

  152. 152
    Dr Fatson says:

    Led by the BBC against the Tories you willfully ignorant twat.

  153. 153
    Little Englander says:

    Going to live in Amman is he?

  154. 154
    Bluto says:

    Cameron. Can’t fight. Won’t fight. Utterly useless.

  155. 155
    dunstall says:

    THE STATE OF BRITAIN……….We cannot deport terrorists whose aim is to destoy this country while living off the benefits of the British Taxpayer………We cannot prosecute corrupt Parliamenterians who submit fraudulent invoices…………We are powerless to determine our immigration policy which will enable another mass influx in a years time………..We pay the Head of our National Broadcaster a Kings ransom in lieu of two months work which has brought it to its knees………So thats alright then

  156. 156
    Tom says:

    As surmised by a willfully delusional twat.

  157. 157
    keredybretsa says:

    Once again ‘Nothing succeeds like unsuccessfulness':

  158. 158
    Mike says:

    Patten wanted his man as DG. The question is how much inside information does Entwistle have on the BBC and Patten ? Having an ex DG letting slip that many people had suspicions about Savile which were ignore by management could be unpleasant for the BBC.

  159. 159
    paxo's lament says:

    £85k a day? The lawyers will be jealous.

  160. 160
    paxo's lament says:

    You work for the bbc don’t you? Cΰnt.

  161. 161
    paxo's lament says:

    No, that is simply nonsense.

  162. 162
    paxo's lament says:

    Take the roots and branches and set fire to them.

  163. 163
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