MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have accused the BBC of wasting tax payers' money on paying those in charge to much money, without laughing. The PAC, led by MPs looking forward to a 11% pay rise and with an expense and pension package that would make even a banker blush, said the BBC senior management "allowed for the liberal use of other people's money, stop giggling, I'm trying to keep my serious face."
The BBC trust accepted it had "let down licence fee payers" but was keen to point out that such criticism about frivolous spending coming from MPs was like being told you can't sing by Jedward.
PAC chairwoman Margret Hodge said: "We have listed some improvements that the BBC need to implement including better scrutiny of the spending of public money and restraint on the levels of pay." The interview then ended abruptly with Ms Hodge suffering from acute hysterics.