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BBC boss quits amid broadcaster's child abuse turmoil

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 01:10

Nov. 11 - Director General of Britain's BBC resigns following controversy over the broadcaster's child sex abuse report. Sarah Charlton reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Just two months into the job and the head of the BBC has quit over a controversial programme about child sex abuse. SOUNDBITE: GEORGE ENTWISTLE, BBC DIRECTOR GENERAL, SAYING (English): "In the light of the fact that the director general is also the editor-in-chief and ultimately responsible for all content; and in the light of the unacceptable journalistic standards of the Newsnight film broadcast on Friday 2nd November, I have decided that the honourable thing to do is to step down from the post of director general." George Entwistle faced criticism after a BBC programme aired a mistaken allegation. Newsnight falsely implicated a former senior politician in child abuse and the broadcaster was forced to apologise. The BBC was already facing revelations that its former star Jimmy Savile was a sex offender. SOUNDBITE: GEORGE ENTWISTLE, BBC DIRECTOR GENERAL, SAYING (English): "The wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader." Entwistle has admitted he didn't know about the Newsnight programme before it was aired.

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BBC boss quits amid broadcaster's child abuse turmoil

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 01:10

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