The Straits Times
Published on Nov 11, 2012

BBC Director-General resigns over sex abuse row


LONDON (AFP) - The BBC's Director-General George Entwistle resigned on Saturday after the broadcaster's flagship news programme wrongly implicated a British politician in child sex abuse.

"I have decided that the honourable thing to do is to step down," Mr Entwistle said in a televised statement outside the BBC's London headquarters.

Mr Entwistle, who only took over as director-general in September, said he decided to resign "in the light of the fact that the director-general is also the editor-in-chief and ultimately responsible for all content". "The wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader," he added.

"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."