BBC bosses forked out £2.3m in 3½ years to stop unhappy workers taking them to employment tribunals

BBC bosses have forked out £2.3million in 3½ years to stop unhappy workers taking them to employment tribunals.

Fifty nine settlement agreements have been reached to stop potentially embarrassing court battles.

From April 2019 to 2020, £932,764 was paid out in such deals — up from £785,692 between 2018 and 2019 and £420,349 the year before.

Between April 2020 and September another £221,178 was paid out, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

The BBC also faces a multi-million pound bill over pay for female staff.

A source said: “It has a serious management issue.”

In 2020, producer Natalie Morton, 44, settled a claim for £40,000 and payment of her legal fees, likely to run to thousands.

She alleged she was bullied into a dangerous assignment, during which she was almost killed in Syria.


The BBC denied liability for her injuries.

A BBC spokesman said: “We aim to deal with any staff disputes as swiftly and amicably as possible.

"Where necessary, this will result in a settlement being reached.”

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