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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.

Friday, 23 November, 2012, 2:56am

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

'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

BBC’s director of news and deputy step aside

BBC employees arrive for work at the organisation's New Broadcasting House in central London, on Monday. Photo: AFP

The BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, have “stepped aside” amid the crisis over Jimmy Savile and a report wrongly accusing a politician of child abuse, reports said on Monday.

12 Nov 2012 - 8:23pm

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

BBC boss Entwistle finished before he really got started

George Entwistle leaves Portcullis House, after his appearance before a parliamentary committee. His resignation makes his tenure as BBC director general the shortest in its 90-year history. Photo: EPA

George Entwistle came to the top job at the BBC with 23 years of hands-on experience at the corporation, but it was his ignorance of what was happening below him that caused his downfall after just 54 days.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:55am

BBC needs overhaul after sex abuse crisis, Trust head Chris Patten says

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten (right), with former BBC director-general George Entwistle. Photo: AP

The chairman of the BBC Trust said on Sunday that the British broadcaster was in need of a major overhaul following the crisis over its child sex abuse report that led to the resignation of its director-general.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

BBC in crisis as chief resigns over sex abuse fiasco

BBC director-general George Entwistle (left), with chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Chris Patten, announces his resigation. Photo: AP

The BBC was in turmoil on Sunday after its director-general dramatically quit over a broadcast by the British broadcaster’s flagship news show that wrongly accused a politician of child sex abuse.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Scandal-hit BBC rocked by fresh sex abuse row

Cameras are seen above a sign at the BBC Television Centre, in London. Photo: AP

The BBC was reeling on Saturday as it suspended all investigations by its flagship current affairs programme Newsnight after a politician was wrongly named on the internet as a paedophile.

10 Nov 2012 - 5:23pm

BBC chief denies cover-up over sexual abuse

“This is a gravely serious matter and one cannot look back at it with anything other than horror,” BBC director-general George Entwistle told parliament’s Culture and Media Committee on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

The head of the BBC denied on Tuesday helping to cover up sexual abuse by one of its former stars but accepted the British broadcaster had been damaged by a scandal that has shaken public trust in a national institution.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

BBC chief denies pulling Newsnight show to cover up Savile sex scandal

A sign outside Broadcasting House in London could well be alluding to the turmoil roiling the BBC over the Jimmy Savile scandal. Photo: EPA

The head of the BBC yesterday denied helping to cover up a sex scandal involving one of its former stars, but accepted the British broadcaster had been damaged by a crisis that has shaken public trust in the national institution.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

BBC chief says sex abuse claims 'very grave'

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Director General, George Entwistle, leaves his house in London, on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

The head of Britain’s BBC told lawmakers on Tuesday that allegations of sexual abuse against one of its former stars were a grave matter, but denied there was a cover up.

23 Oct 2012 - 7:58pm 1 comment