Director General of the BBC Unceremoniously Quits
George Entwistle, the director general of the BBC, was forced to resign after the corporation that he led dismally failed to deal with a major scandal involving the broadcasting giant.
The BBC has been under fire over the predatory behaviour of one of its major stars, late Jimmy Savile, who turned out to be a pedophile. The BBC was accused of cover-up when the corporation failed to have him on its radar in the presence of mounting evidence of his vile behaviour towards young girls.
Mr Entwistle, who had been in the job for less than two months, was summoned before MPs, when Newsnight, one of the popular programmes of the BBC, suddenly dropped an investigation into the matter. The editor of the programme was forced to resign for exercising undue influence to ditch the programme. Mr Entwistle, who admitted that the BBC made mistakes on his watch, survived the grilling by MPs.
When the same programme, however, implicitly accused a Tory heavyweight under Margret Thatcher of being a pedophile and when it transpired that the individual was the wrong person to be singled out, Mr Entwistle’s position became untenable. He was ruthlessly questioned by BBC’s own presenters which in turn hastened his exit.
The inability of the BBC to keep his own house in order while probing that of others was a severe blow to the corporation. It is highly unlikely that the departure of the director general will bring the crisis to an end. The fate of Lord Patten, the Chairman of the BBC also hangs in the balance. There are rumors that some famous stars of the popular programme, Newsnight, are considering their future at the corporation in the light of the scandal.
- Asian Tribune -