Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

BBC Director General Steps Down

CNN is reporting that the Director General of the BBC, George Entwhistle, is stepping down, and taking responsibility for erroneous information in a report the BBC broadcast concerning sex abuse allegations during the BBC's well-known NewsNight program. The misinformation seems to have resulted partly from a mixup in identification by a sexual abuse victim who has come forward recently. He has already apologized to the BBC; his apology was read over the air. More here from CNN.

Mr. Entwhistle's resignation is one in a series of black eyes for the BBC, which has suffered a great deal of bad publicity over the past few years, from  the "Blue Peter" "phone in scandal" to questions over how a documentary on the Queen was edited. Former BBC Director General Mark Thompson, now in charge at the New York Times, also may face questions about dropped coverage of a BBC investigation into a BBC host, now deceased, who was also accused of sexual abuse.

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