BBC big-money deals under scrutiny


LONDON -- The BBC's controversial €18 million ($35.6 million) deal for chat show host Jonathan Ross will be examined by public sector spending watchdog the National Audit Office, it was announced Friday.

The NAO plans to investigate a range of BBC talent deals to see whether they provide value for money for the license fee payer.

The talent deals have had the explicit backing of both BBC director general Mark Thompson and former chairman Michael Grade.

The NAO will submit its report on the issue to the BBC's governing body, the BBC Trust, sometime next year.