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BBC 'has awarded £277m in redundancy settlements since 2005'

BBC 'has awarded £277m in redundancy settlements since 2005'

Almost 6,000 professionals have received a total of £277 million in redundancy settlements from the BBC since 2005, new data has shown.

Figures obtained through a freedom of information request by MediaGuardian showed that between March 2005 and February 2012, the body granted an average compensation sum of £46,200 to people who lost their jobs.

This figure includes individuals who took both compulsory and voluntary redundancy during this timeframe, with the highest individual settlement being the £949,000 awarded to ex-deputy director general Mark Byford in June 2011.

Furthermore, two other professionals were granted sums of £600,000 and £435,000 after leaving the BBC.

The period between March 2011 and February this year was most costly for the body in this regard, as some £66.4 million was paid out throughout this time.

A statement from the BBC in its 2010-11 annual report noted that these redundancies have been made "as part of overall efficiency savings".

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Posted by Emily Swanson