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Nov 10, 2012

BBC director general resigns over “shoddy journalism”

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – BBC Director General George
Entwistle resigned on Saturday, just two months into the job,
after the state-funded broadcaster put out a programme denounced
by the corporation’s chairman as shoddy journalism.

The BBC, reeling from revelations that one of its former
stars was a paedophile, brought further problems on its head
when a flagship news programme aired a mistaken allegation that
a former senior politician sexually abused children.

Nov 10, 2012

BBC under fire again after false child sex abuse report

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s public broadcaster, reeling from revelations that one of its former stars was a pedophile, was struggling to contain damage on Saturday after a flagship news program aired a mistaken allegation that an ex-politician sexually abused children.

The BBC had already issued a full apology on Friday, but on Saturday its director general had to admit under questioning from his own journalists that he had not known in advance about the Newsnight report, weeks after being accused of being too hands-off over the previous scandal on the same program.

Nov 9, 2012

UK sex abuse victim apologizes to Thatcher party treasurer

LONDON (Reuters) – A child rape victim apologised on Friday to an ally of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher who had been falsely identified on the Internet as his abuser, after days of furious speculation of a high-level paedophile ring in Britain.

Steven Messham, who had told the BBC he had been repeatedly sexually abused as a child in social care by a leading political figure in the late 1970s, said former Conservative Party treasurer Lord Alistair McAlpine was not among his attackers.

Nov 9, 2012

Thatcher’s party treasurer denies UK child abuse

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – The treasurer of the Conservative
Party under former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher denied on
Friday allegations he had sexually abused children in the 1970s,
casting doubt on a BBC report that stoked fears of an elite
British paedophile ring.

Lord Alistair McAlpine, a Thatcher ally who served as
Conservative treasurer from 1975 to 1990, said ill-informed
commentators had wrongly named him in a “media frenzy” as the
mystery paedophile accused by one victim in a BBC report on the
rape of children in social care.

Oct 25, 2012

UK police to make arrests over BBC’s “tsunami of filth”

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – British police investigating
alleged sexual abuse by one of the BBC’s most celebrated TV
stars said on Thursday some 300 victims had come forward and
they were preparing to make arrests in a scandal that has thrown
the broadcaster into disarray.

Detectives said they had been staggered by the number of
people who had come forward since the late Jimmy Savile’s crimes
were first revealed just over three weeks ago.

Oct 24, 2012

Savile victims allege paedophile ring existed at BBC

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A sex scandal gripping Britain’s
BBC deepened on Wednesday with claims that a paedophile ring had
existed involving some of its stars, as its former director
general said his handling of the case shouldn’t stop him
becoming the boss of the New York Times.

The BBC has been thrown into disarray by accusations it
helped cover up sexual abuse by one of its most celebrated
former presenters, Jimmy Savile, and has struggled to explain
why one of its own shows killed an investigation into it.

Oct 24, 2012

UK government turns up heat on BBC over sex abuse scandal

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government warned the BBC on Wednesday that a growing sex abuse scandal was raising “very real concerns” about public trust in the broadcaster.

The BBC has been thrown into disarray by accusations that it helped cover up sexual abuse by one of its former presenters, Jimmy Savile, and has struggled to explain why one of its own programs dropped an investigation into Savile last year.

Oct 23, 2012

BBC chief denies sex scandal cover-up

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of the BBC denied on Tuesday helping to cover up a sex scandal involving one of its former stars but accepted the British broadcaster had been damaged by a crisis that has shaken public trust in a national institution.

George Entwistle, who only took charge at the 90-year-old media organisation in August, told hostile lawmakers that failures at the BBC had allowed Jimmy Savile, once one of Britain’s top TV presenters, to prey on young girls for years.

Oct 23, 2012

BBC chief says sex abuse claims “very grave”

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Britain’s BBC told hostile lawmakers on Tuesday that allegations of sexual abuse against one of its former stars were a grave matter but denied bosses had tried to cover up one of the biggest crises to hit the publicly funded broadcaster.

“This is a gravely serious matter and one cannot look back at it with anything other than horror,” General Director George Entwistle told lawmakers on parliament’s Culture and Media Committee.

Oct 22, 2012

BBC chief to face MPs over sex abuse scandal

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of the BBC goes before MPs on Tuesday with the publicly funded British broadcaster facing one of the biggest crises in its history over accusations it pulled a probe into sexual abuse by a former presenter as part of a wider cover-up.

George Entwistle, who only took charge at the 90-year-old media organisation in August, will appear before parliament’s Culture Committee the day after Prime Minister David Cameron said the BBC had serious questions to answer.