Trust chairman backs BBC governance
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has told MPs that changes in the way the corporation is governed are not needed.
The former cabinet minister, who now chairs the BBC Trust, said it was a "delusion" to think changing the way the BBC was governed would solve all its problems.
Recent scandals including revelations about Jimmy Savile's sex crimes and large pay-offs for senior staff have seen the BBC make the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Lord Patten said he hoped the focus would soon shift to the programmes made by the BBC, adding: "If that happens, I suspect arguments about governance would seem less important in the next year or two."
He told members of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee he was astonished by the amount of "attention" the media gives to the BBC.
Director general Tony Hall is also giving evidence at today's session which will examine the fall-out from the Savile scandal and executive pay.
The annual report and accounts published in July revealed the BBC has spent around £5 million investigating the Savile affair so far.
The director-general said staff were "of course depressed about what's gone on in the last year" and said the BBC was opening a support line for employees to report bullying and harassment.
He added that " a number of disciplinary hearings" had been carried out and in "at least one case" a member of staff had left the BBC because of their behaviour.
Asked about reports that a Panorama programme on how Comic Relief invests its funds had been shelved, Mr Hall said all programmes needed " proper time for a proper process" to check facts before transmission.
He said: "That is exactly what's happening on this programme."
Asked if it was appropriate for senior BBC managers to have second jobs while working at the corporation, Lord Patten said: "I t would depend what the other job was and if there was a conflict of interest."
Mr Hall said it was "good within reason" for people to do other things outside the BBC, especially if it was unpaid or charitable work, but there had to be restrictions.