News Summary: BBC payments dispute to Parliament

News Summary: British media titans to face off in Parliament over BBC severance payments

Associated Press

WHO APPROVED?: A war of words between media titans over who approved oversized severance payments to outgoing BBC executives is set to move into the U.K. Parliament next week.

LOOKING FORWARD: BBC Trust Chairman Chris Patten will appear before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee. Patten has been accused by former BBC Director Mark Thompson, now the chief executive of the New York Times Co., of misleading Parliament about his knowledge of the contested severance payments. Thompson will also appear before Parliament Monday.

SEVERANCE DEALS: The issue focuses on whether Patten and the BBC Trust — the governing body of the BBC, charged with protecting the public's interest in the sprawling broadcaster — were told details about severance agreements reached during Thompson's tenure.

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