George Entwistle steps down as BBC director general

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George Entwistle has stepped down as director general of the BBC after just 54 days in the job.

He announced his decision to leave the Corporation at the weekend, following the broadcast of a Newsnight programme on November 2 that led to a former Tory politician being wrongly linked to child abuse.

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

Entwistle, who has worked at the BBC for 23 years, added that to have been director general “even for a short period and in the most challenging of circumstances has been a great honour”.

He also said that people must not “lose sight of the fact that the BBC is full of people of the greatest talent and the highest integrity”.

“That’s what will continue to make it the finest broadcaster in the world,” he added.

2 Comments

  1. It is not just these issue, that the BBC has been less than honest about…

    The entertainments industry continues to be made out, for ‘instant success’. The public have been given the misguided implication that anyone can make it in the acting and modelling sectors in our industry.

    Anyone may be able to ;make it’ in the USA, but sadly for those with high hopes of doing it in our industry, in the UK, their dreams in most cases, will be shattered into very small pieces and they will be thousands of £’s worse off!

    Funny how the BBC can bury incriminating evidence, fool the public, do six part series on becoming an extra – but still cannot afford the time and effort in telling the real story about the crooks claiming to ‘kick-start’ your career in this industry and why this is still being allowed to happen.

    What has the BBC to hide???

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