Chuka Adviser Agreed Entwistle Pay Off…While Watching Strictly

£110,000-a-year part-timer Lord Patten has hardly endeared himself to critics by signing off George Entwistle’s £450,000 golden goodbye. But who were the other guilty men and women who helped make the decision?

During this weekend’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing Patten held a conference call with lawyers and two members of the BBC Trust’s remuneration committee, Anthony Fry and Diane Coyle.

Taking a leaf out of her boss’ book, Coyle is paid £70,610-a-year of license fee payers’ cash to work just two and a half days a week for the BBC. And what does she do in her spare time, other than watching Strictly with a glass of red that is? Last year Coyle was an unpaid adviser to none other than Chuka Umunna, helping the two-faced shadow business secretary with his policy review.

Chuka was quick to criticise Phillip Schofield but has been oddly quiet about the former BBC DG…

UPDATE: Coyle has got in touch to clarify that she was actually drinking white wine, not red.

UPDATE II: And here’s the proof:




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