Skooter reports 11/11/12
Just two months into the job, George Entwistle, BBC Director General resigned on Saturday, after the state-funded broadcaster released a program condemned by the corporation's chairman as sloppy journalism.
The BBC, staggering from disclosures that one of its former stars was a pedophile, brought more problems on its head when a flagship news program made public an erroneous allegation that a former senior politician sexually abused children.
A full apology was issued already by the BBC on Friday, but on Saturday its director general had to come clean under questioning from his own journalists that he was aware in advance about the Newsnight report, weeks after being blamed of being too lenient over the previous scandal on the same program.
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten accepted Entwistle's resignation and was quoted as saying: "This is undoubtedly one of the saddest evenings of my public life. At the heart of the BBC is its role as a trusted global news organization. As the editor-in-chief of that organization, George has very honorably offered us his resignation because of the unacceptable mistakes, the unacceptable shoddy journalism, which has caused us so much controversy."
Following strong criticism over the Newsnight program, Entwistle quit..
John Whittingdale, chairman of parliament’s powerful media committee told Reuters that he listened to the director general with mounting disbelief. The level of failure of management at every level within the BBC, up to and including the director general, is just extraordinary.
The BBC and its higher echelon have been under massive pressure since a rival broadcaster brought charges last month that the late, one of the most identifiable personalities on British television in the 1970s and 80s, was a prolific sex offender.