Speaking afterwards Mr Campbell said:
“We have seen organisations, including the BBC, use NDAs and other similar agreements in the past. In some organisations we already know NDAs have been used to silence those who have experienced bullying or harassment in the workplace or to prevent whistleblowing on cover-ups or toxic organisational cultures.
Organisations that depend heavily on public funding, some running to billions of pounds in public subsidy, should present themselves for scrutiny with transparency. NDAs and similar arrangements have in the past been the tools by which inappropriate behaviour and toxic workplace cultures are cultivated and protected.”
Organisations like the BBC have a long history of using various forms of confidentiality agreements, and indeed in the past confidentiality payments, and that has been, inappropriate.
BBC NDAs should be scrapped. The Director General would then be demonstrating a real step change in BBC behaviour and culture.”