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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.

Oct 22, 2012

BBC chief to face lawmakers over sex abuse scandal

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The head of the BBC goes before
lawmakers 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.

Oct 22, 2012

BBC crisis deepens as UK’s Cameron demands answers

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Pressure on the BBC to address
allegations its bosses covered up sexual abuse claims levelled
at one of its former TV stars mounted on Monday after British
Prime Minister David Cameron said the broadcaster had serious
questions to answer.

The premier’s intervention came as the editor of the
internationally renowned media organisation’s flagship
“Newsnight” show stepped aside after admitting he had given an
“inaccurate” account of why the BBC had axed its own expose of
the alleged abuse of underage girls by the late Jimmy Savile.

Oct 19, 2012

UK minister Mitchell quits over “pleb” police outburst

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – British minister Andrew Mitchell
resigned on Friday after failing to shake off accusations he
called police “plebs”, an insult laden with snobbery that
fuelled perceptions Prime Minister David Cameron’s government is
out of touch with voters.

Mitchell, the “Chief Whip” responsible for keeping
discipline among lawmakers in Cameron’s Conservative Party,
denied using the offending word but admitted swearing at
officers after being told to get off his bicycle as he left
Downing Street last month.

Oct 19, 2012

Thousands expected at anti-austerity protest in London

LONDON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands are expected to march through London on Saturday in what is likely to be the largest demonstration in Britain this year against government austerity measures.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s push to reduce one of Europe’s biggest deficits has drawn howls of protest, with critics arguing that austerity is not working and calling for urgent measures to stimulate growth.