The director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation has resigned amidst mounting questions over the BBC’s handling of two child sex-abuse reports. Earlier this month, one of the BBC’s flagship programs, Newsnight, broadcast a report that wrongly implicated a politician in child sex-abuse claims. After the report aired, the victim saw a photograph of the politician and said he was not the man who abused him. In his resignation speech Saturday, former BBC director general George Entwistle admitted the report reflected poor journalistic standards.
George Entwistle: “In the light of the fact that the director general is also the editor-in-chief and ultimately responsible for all content, and in light of the unacceptable journalistic standards of the Newsnight film broadcast on Friday, 2nd November, I have decided that the honorable thing to do is to step down from the post of director general.”
Newsnight is also under scrutiny for failing to broadcast a report on child sex-abuse allegations against the popular BBC personality Jimmy Savile, who is accused of abusing potentially hundreds of victims. There were reports the BBC’s news director and her deputy have also quit over the scandal.