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BBC Director General - George Entwistle -RESIGNS

News' Helen Boaden and Stephen Mitchell follow. (November 2012)

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DV
DVB Cornwall
Apparantly there is to be an announcement by the BBC at 9pm
Last edited by DVB Cornwall on 12 November 2012 8:33am - 3 times in total
AC
aconnell
Lucy Manning, ITV News' UK Editor, saying that the DG will resign.







Last edited by aconnell on 10 November 2012 9:07pm
DF
DrewF
Looks like they are hanging in there hoping that they'll start the statement during the bulletin - you'd think they would do the statement before the last news bulletin of the night starts so they can tell people straight away at the headlines.
DF
DrewF
DrewF posted:
Looks like they are hanging in there hoping that they'll start the statement during the bulletin - you'd think they would do the statement before the last news bulletin of the night starts so they can tell people straight away at the headlines.


And he has indeed resigned. Cut into it mid-broadcast the second the bulletin finished - poor show BBC!

ITV News extremely smug about their scoop as well.
AC
aconnell
There we go, it's official.

"In light unacceptable journalistic standards of #newsnight film I have decided...to step down as DG."
AC
aconnell
Tim Davie to be acting DG.

Statement here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/statements/george-entwistle.html

Quote:
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 2nd November; I have decided that the honourable thing to do is to step down from the post of Director-General.

When appointed to the role, with 23 years' experience as a producer and leader at the BBC, I was confident the Trustees had chosen the best candidate for the post, and the right person to tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead. However, the wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader.

To have been the Director-General of the BBC even for a short period, and in the most challenging of circumstances, has been a great honour.

While there is understandable public concern over a number of issues well covered in the media - which Iím confident will be addressed by the Review process - we must not lose sight of the fact that the BBC is full of people of the greatest talent and the highest integrity. Thatís what will continue to make it the finest broadcaster in the world.
AN
Andrew Founding member
Did they actually manage to carry it on the news channel as he started talking the minute the bulletin finished.

A situation that sums up recent weeks to be honest!
CH
chris_rgu
Did they actually manage to carry it on the news channel as he started talking the minute the bulletin finished.

A situation that sums up recent weeks to be honest!


Just and no more - think maybe the first 5 seconds were missed
MO
Moz
Did they time the announcement to screw their own News Channel? Couldn't have happened at a worse time for BBC One!
AC
aconnell
Annita McVeigh presenting currently on the News Channel. She's great with breaking news, so will get her teeth into it.

Also worth mentioning that BBC Trust Chairman, Lord Chris Patten, will be on Andrew Marr in the morning. Well worth a worth for hopefully more details. He looked very angry - to the extent that he said it was "one of the saddest evenings of my life"
ST
Stuart
Is Entwistle the sacrificial lamb, or is he also going because his period as Director of Vision has tainted any notion that he could've implemented any impartial reforms when the current investigations are completed?

I watched his interview on Breakfast this morning, and must say that he didn't really come across as a particularly decisive leader or one who had a grip on what had been happening.

If Entwistle has 'fallen on his sword', then I wonder how many people will follow?
SR
SomeRandomStuff
Unfortunate.

Based on this, I cant see Helen Boaden clinging on for much longer.

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