Say it ain’t so, Lord Patten. The head of the BBC has resigned in a reporting scandal following reports that a Beeb personality may have been involved in the sexual abuse of children.
The BBC reported that its director general, George Entwistle, resigned on Saturday after a news report led to a former official in the Conservative party being wrongly accused of child abuse.
This follows news that deceased presenteris being investigated for child abuse.
"I think one of the things that should survive is the investigative journalism which it has represented along with Panorama. At the heart of our news offering has to be uncompromising investigative journalism but you have to get it right,” Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, said in a televised interview.
He continued: “We had several conversations yesterday. He is an editor-in-chief of a great news organization and I think he felt he should take responsibility for the awful journalism which disfigured that Newsnight program."
Entwhistle had only been director for two months and was not involved in the news production that brought such shame. But in the best “buck stops here” tradition, he resigned anyway.
Sad news, indeed. In World War II, the BBC was the voice of anti-fascist countries as bombs fell on London. Winston Churchill’s booming voice still rings. Resistance leaders on occupied countries, especially France, listened for code words to plan missions.
For those who spent time as expatriates in the Third World, and for dissidents living in dictatorships, the Beeb brought news that could be believed. And there was Desert Island Discs, a program that allowed a guest to pick eight discs that they would take if they were going to be marooned on a desert island.
The licensed funded network managed the transition to television, but has not managed to escape the viral scandals sweeping the journalism world, especially in Britain.
Rupert Murdoch’s kingdom was rocked when it was learned his employees had hacked into phone lines to hear messages from people involved in the news, including the families of victims.
This resignation comes a couple of days after the head of the US Central Intelligence Agency, and war hero, Gen.resigned after being involved in an affair that may have even been bigger than a ménage à trois. Are there any heroes left? was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for using drugs. Jerry Sandusky, who had been a Penn State assistant football coach for years, ended up in prison for sexually abusing young boys.
The BBC scandal is explained in this video: http://youtu.be/q4XLOyB2BE0