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BBC HR boss settles libel case

BBC HR boss settles libel case

The BBC's outgoing human resources director has settled legal action against the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Previously, Lucy Adams had intended to take the organisation to court for libel and defamation after she claimed it published accusations she used "dirty tricks" to undermine other people within the broadcasting company, reports the BBC.

This was categorically untrue and the NUJ has released a full apology for making the remarks, while legal costs incurred in the process of a shelved trial, believed to be around £10,000, will be paid for by the union.

Ms Adams is set to leave the BBC in March 2014 without any severance pay after criticism from a parliamentary select committee about lump sums given to outgoing members of staff at the organisation, including the former director general George Entwistle who was only in the position for 54 days but earned £450,000 when he left.

By Chris Stevenson