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'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.

Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 5:15am

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