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'Chaos and confusion': BBC forced to replace senior news executives following damning report

Publié par Clifford Armion le 20/12/2012

Adam Sherwin

The BBC was forced to replace a tranche of senior news executives following a damning report into the “chaos and confusion” that surrounded the corporation’s “complete inability” to deal with the Jimmy Savile crisis.
Stephen Mitchell, deputy head of news, resigned yesterday following criticism of his role in an aborted Newsnight investigation into Savile’s child abuse, detailed in an excoriating report compiled by Nick Pollard, a former head of Sky News.
However, other BBC executives, including Helen Boaden, director of news, and Peter Rippon, the Newsnight editor, again rejected criticism of their role in the affair and will remain at the BBC, despite Mr Pollard’s finding that “leadership and organisation seemed to be in short supply”. Pollard’s report vindicated the Newsnight reporters Liz MacKean and Meirion Jones, who first persuaded Savile’s victims to talk on camera and fought hard to stop their investigation from being quashed.
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"'Chaos and confusion': BBC forced to replace senior news executives following damning report", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2012. Consulté le 28/02/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/chaos-and-confusion-bbc-forced-to-replace-senior-news-executives-following-damning-report