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BBC in crisis as chief resigns

- November 11, 2012 - Updated 953 PKT - From Web Edition

LONDON: The BBC was in turmoil on Sunday after its director-general dramatically quit over a broadcast by the British broadcaster's flagship news show that wrongly accused a politician of child sex abuse.


George Entwistle's departure -- after just two months in the job -- plunges

BBC into fresh crisis after it was engulfed by a scandal surrounding Jimmy

Savile, the late BBC star now alleged to has been a prolific sex offender.


"The wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader," Entwistle said in a televised statement outside the broadcaster's London headquarters late Saturday.


"To have been the director-general of the BBC even for a short period, and in the most challenging of circumstances, has been a great honour."


The 50-year-old's leadership is the shortest in the BBC's history. Entwistle announced his resignation the day after the BBC's flagship news programme Newsnight was forced to apologise for wrongly implicating a senior Conservative party figure in abuse at a Welsh children's home in the 1970s.


The director-general said that although he was not aware of last week's Newsnight report before it was aired, quitting was "the honourable thing to do" since he was the BBC's editor-in-chief, and ultimately responsible for all output.

Reader Comments
he has set a glorious precedent for the media people. Such things do not happen in Pakistan.

i think the pakistani higher ups ought to learn something from Mr. Entwistle and also the CIA cheif. Goes to show you the honesty and integrity these people have while doing their job. Look at us pakistani's on the other hand we will do anything to make money at the cost of our reputation. the pakistani's instead of resigning will rather prefer to get kicked out in a disgraceful manner than to resign respectfully. This shows you the difference between the western world n pakistan.

Indeed honourable. Will anyone senior from our media ever do this over ill researched and false accusations that we see regularly. Little chance as they are also part of the same mentality which is ruining the country.

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