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BBC Director General resigns over child sex abuse scandal

11-11-2012 19:09 BJT Special Report:BBC Under Fire Over Sex Scandal |

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By CCTV reporter Jiang Nan

BBC Director General George Entwistle has resigned following the airing of a report on November 2nd, regarding a child sexual abuse scandal. It’s the second child sex abuse scandal to hit the BBC within a month.

Just two months into the job, BBC Director General George Entwistle says that he has decided to do the "honorable thing" and step down.

George Entwistle, BBC Director General, said, "When appointed to the role, with 23 years’ experience as a producer and leader at the BBC, I was confident the trustees had chosen the best candidate for the post, and the right person to tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead. However, the wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader."

George Entwistle, BBC Director General

On November 2nd’s "Newsnight" show, BBC aired an alleged case of sexual abuse that occurred in Wales in the 1970s and 1980s. During the program, victim Steve Messham claimed he had been abused by a senior Conservative Party figure. The BBC didn’t name the alleged abuser, but online rumors focused on Conservative Party member of the House of Lords, Alistair McAlpine.

A week after the show was aired; McAlpine issued a fierce denial and threatened to sue. The victim Steve Messham then said he had mistaken his abuser’s identity and apologized to McAlpine. This is the second scandal that the 90-year-old state-funded broadcaster faces within a month.

In October, the scandal around Jimmy Savile, who is alleged to have sexually abused many children, put the BBC and its premier investigative program "Newsnight" on the firing line.

Sky News reporter said, "Child sex abuse happened right here in the BBC office building. But after the scandal emerged, the BBC had decided to shelve its own report into allegations against Savile. Now, in another case, you are accusing other innocent people."

Before his resignation, Entwistle insisted that he was not aware of the program before it was broadcast. But that stand drew criticism from politicians and media watchers wondering how he could have allowed a high-profile child sex-abuse story to air, especially so soon after the broadcaster was pitched into crisis over allegations against its late TV host Jimmy Savile.

Current chief executive of BBC Worldwide Tim Davie, will take over as acting Director General from Sunday.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source:

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