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BBC launches disciplinary measures over abuse scandal

Published on Nov 13, 2012 7:00 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began disciplinary proceedings on Tuesday over a news report that wrongly accused a British politician of child sex abuse as it widened the hunt for a new leader to tackle one of the worst crises in its history.

The world's largest broadcasting organisation, which marks its 90th birthday on Wednesday, reportedly wants an outsider as its new director-general who could overhaul an unwieldly management culture.

The "Beeb" is under a pall caused by two programmes - one smearing Conservative politician Alistair McAlpine which was broadcast, and another which was shelved but accused late star Jimmy Savile of being a paedophile.

An internal investigation on Monday found that "basic" journalistic failures led the flagship show Newsnight to run the story falsely saying that Mr McAlpine, former Tory treasurer, abused children at a care home in Wales in the 1970s.

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