BBC Scandal

Veteran BBC presenter Stuart Hall admits sex offences

Former BBC presenter Stuart Hall, 83, has pleaded guilty to carrying out sexual assaults on young girls over two decades. Photo: AP

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall pleaded guilty to sex offences yesterday, the latest British TV star from the 1970s and 1980s to be embroiled in abuse allegations. Hall, 83, who was best known for hosting the family TV show It's a Knockout and was still working for the BBC as a soccer radio commentator until recently, admitted 14 counts of indecent offences against young girls over two decades, with the youngest victim aged just nine.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 1:49am

Sex harassment rare at BBC but bullying 'a very real concern'

A report into staff behaviour at the BBC commissioned after the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal concluded yesterday that sexual harassment was rare, but bullying was a "very real concern". The report said bullying was not "pervasive or endemic" at the British broadcaster but was nonetheless "visible, frequent and consistent".

3 May 2013 - 1:49am

BBC broadcaster admits 14 indecent assaults

Former BBC broadcaster presenter Stuart Hall. Photo: AP

BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to multiple assaults on young girls. Prosecutors said on Thursday that the 83-year-old sports broadcaster has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults. Hall was arrested in January for questioning about alleged crimes committed between 1967 and 1986.

3 May 2013 - 1:28am

Entwistle entitled to big pay-off, says BBC chairman

BBC acting director general Tim Davie and BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten appear before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Photo: Reuters

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten denied that he should have been more involved in controversial Newsnight programmes and defended the amount of time he spends working at the broadcaster in a clash with lawmakers yesterday.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:38am

Scandal-hit BBC appoints Tony Hall new director general

Tony Hall is an insider from outside. Photo: Reuters

The BBC appointed a former journalist who runs the Royal Opera House to lead the broadcaster yesterday after sex abuse scandals that shook public trust in one of Britain's most treasured institutions.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

BBC pays HK$2.23m to Alistair McAlpine over defamation

The BBC will pay a former British politician £185,000 (HK$2.23 million) in damages over a news report that led to him being falsely accused of child sex abuse.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

Legal letter raises doubts over ex-BBC chief Thompson's denial on Savile

Mark Thompson denies knowledge of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations while he was director general of the BBC. Photo: AP

A legal letter sent on behalf of Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, seems to contradict his assertions that he learned of accusations of sexual abuse against longtime host Jimmy Savile only after leaving the corporation's top job.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

BBC faces credibility crisis over botched paedophile probes

Contradictory signs at the BBC New Broadcasting House in London suggest that the crisis-hit corporation may have lost its direction, temporarily at least, following the airing of false child sex abuse claims against a former politician. Photo: Reuters

They are words that the BBC isn’t accustomed to hearing about itself: “shoddy journalism” on one of its premier investigative programmes, “unacceptable mistakes” by senior staff, a director general with “the leadership qualities of Winnie the Pooh”.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Who said it?

Rory McIlroy

I can't say, the others will shoot me

Vincent Fung, of the government's Mega Events Fund, on the fee to bring golfer Rory McIlroy to the Hong Kong Open


[A] wholesale massacre of everybody involved - professionally speaking

London Mayor Boris Johnson, asked how the BBC should respond to a string of scandals


14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

BBC showed 'basic' failings in abuse story

The BBC showed "basic" journalistic failures in a news report in which it wrongly accused a senior politician of child abuse, an internal investigation has found.

The findings were announced after the BBC's acting director-general, Tim Davie, pledged to "get a grip" of the deepening crisis at the world's largest publicly-funded broadcaster as two more top news executives stood aside.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

'Unacceptable' failings in abuse report: BBC

Recent allegations have plunged the broadcaster into crisis.

BBC journalists made “unacceptable” failings by airing an investigation that wrongly implicated a senior Conservative politician in child sex abuse, an internal report by the broadcaster said on Monday.

13 Nov 2012 - 5:15am

BBC needs an urgent shake-up

The BBC must promptly get its house back in order. Photo: EPA

A media organisation has to produce accurate, reliable and balanced journalism if it is to be trusted by its audience. The BBC's credibility has been damaged by its failure to check the correctness of one report and unexplained dropping of another. Rightly, its director general, George Entwistle, as well as its news director and deputy director have resigned.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:15am

Chris Patten urged to quit BBC over George Entwistle's reported pay-off

Chris Patten has vowed to restore confidence and trust in Britain's public broadcaster. Photo: AP

Pressure mounted yesterday on Chris Patten, former Hong Kong governor and now chairman of the BBC's governing board, after two senior executives stepped aside - widening the fallout from errors in child-sex abuse investigations that forced the broadcaster's director general to quit.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:30am

New York Times happy with ex-BBC Mark Thompson as new CEO

Former BBC chief Mark Thompson, now CEO of The New York Times. Photo: NYT

Former BBC chief Mark Thompson assumed his new role at The New York Times yesterday amid questions about whether the crisis engulfing the British broadcaster would spill over to the US news organisation.

The Times has reaffirmed support for Thompson and he has said the scandals at the BBC would not affect his new job.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Patten says BBC must have thorough radical overhaul

George Entwistle (left) and Chris Patten at BBC headquarters. Photo: AP

Britain's BBC must undergo a radical overhaul in the wake of "shoddy" journalism which led to the resignation of its chief or its future will be in doubt, Chris Patten, the head of the state-funded broadcaster's governing body, said yesterday.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:55am