Calls for BBC overhaul after chief quits in abuse row
LONDON (AFP) - The chairman of the BBC's governing board called on Sunday for radical change in the world's largest broadcaster after it was plunged into crisis following the resignation of its chief executive in a sex abuse row.
Director-general George Entwistle quit on Saturday night, just 54 days into the job, after the flagship BBC programme Newsnight admitted it had wrongly implicated a politician in abuse at a Welsh children's home.
His departure leaves the organisation in chaos as it struggles to restore trust in its journalism and battles the scandal surrounding Jimmy Savile, the late BBC television star now alleged to have been a prolific child sex offender.
Chris Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, said there must now be a "thorough, structural, radical overhaul" of the way the BBC was run, although he said he would not be quitting over the row. The allegations against Savile, who died last year aged 84, and the botched Newsnight report have left the BBC facing one of the most serious crises of its 90-year history.