The BBC director general has publicly apologised to staff who have been forced to change their employment status, causing them to lose sick pay or maternity leave rights.

During an evidence section with the Public Accounts Committee Lord Tony Hall admitted BBC staff were forced to set themselves up as personal services companies.

CEO Julian Pilling commented:

“It’s a great shame that the BBC presenters in question have been put through this distress and seemingly forced into arrangements that they weren’t comfortable with.

“Nonetheless, a case like this should not overshadow the many benefits that personal service company arrangements can bring to both employees and employers. PSCs are especially valuable to workers balancing a variety of ongoing projects and most accountants would likely advise media workers of this type to work on a self-employed basis.”

Read Julian’s comments in economia