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BBC Director General Resigns amid Newsnight Scandal

World | November 11, 2012, Sunday // 11:47| Views: 1166 | Comments: 1
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Bulgaria: BBC Director General Resigns amid Newsnight Scandal George Entwistle, the BBC’S director-general, announces he is resigning Photo: BBC

The BBC's director general, George Entwistle, has resigned in the aftermath of a Newsnight broadcast implicating leading 1980s Tory politician. Lord McAlpine in child abuse.

Entwistle has said that as the man "ultimately responsible for all content, and in the light of the unacceptable journalistic standards" he would quit.

He has admitted Newsnight's report, which led to McAlpine being wrongly implicated, should not have been aired, BBC informs.

The broadcast covered cases of child abuse at north Wales care home.

In his statement,Entwistle said: "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 2 November, I have decided that the honourable thing to do is to step down from the post of director general."

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peterperfect - 12 Nov 2012 // 11:06:18

What is even more scandalous is that he is walking away with his £450,000 years salary!! I wish I had been in a job where I had to resign because I had made bad decisions and still get a years salary. Most people, when dismissed or leaving of their own decision, get nothing! why is this guy different? and he's only been in the job for 8 weeks! Most people get a 3 month probationary period whereby its 1 weeks notice either way.