BBC's director of news and deputy step aside in abuse crisis
LONDON (AFP) - The BBC's director of news Helen Boaden and her deputy Stephen Mitchell have stepped aside amid the crisis over late television star Jimmy Savile and a report wrongly accusing a politician of child abuse, the BBC said on Monday.
They have relinquished their responsibilities pending the results of an inquiry by former head of Sky News Nick Pollard into why the flagship Newsnight programme axed a report last year into claims that Mr Savile had sexually abused children.
The announcement follows the resignation on Saturday of BBC director-general George Entwistle over another Newsnight report last week that wrongly implicated a senior political figure in abuse at a Welsh children's home in the 1970s.
The BBC also warned in a statement that further heads may roll.