Metropolitan police is assessing whether to investigate allegations of misconduct and fraud in public office made against the British state - run broadcaster BBC ' s severance payments and benefits for senior managers.
Conservative MP Rob Wilson requested the police to investigate the issue after a report by National Audit Office (NAO) concluded that the corporation paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds to senior managers, although they were not always entitled to the money. According to NAO, BBC paid out £60 million to 401 senior managers between April 2005 and March 2013 with a quarter of them receiving more than they were entitled to, leaving the burden of unnecessary payments on the taxpayer. No decision has yet been made over the allegations and the Met police is now assessing if an investigation is required. “We are currently gathering information to assist with our assessment and a decision will be made as to whether we progress to a full investigation in due course. We will update you with any developments,” said Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley in a letter to Wilson.