The BBC cannot get its house in order, can it? As the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal continues to drag his long-time employer through the mud (Savile passed away prior to the allegations coming forward). Now BBC director general George Entwistle has apologized for the networks late night news program Newsnight making claims against British politician Lord McAlphine. The lord was wrongly implicated in a scandal about alleged abuse of children in Welsh care homes.
Entwistle has ordered a report to investigate what happened with the Newsnight investigation and suspected any investigative reports until the show can review and modify its investigative procedures to avoid future embarrassments.
"It's no kind of excuse or exoneration, but it's important to say that the film itself did not make a named allegation," said Entwistle. "This was a piece of journalism referred to senior figures within news, referred up to the level of the management board and had appropriate attention from the lawyers. The question is, in spite of all that, why did it go wrong? Something definitely went wrong, something definitely and clearly and unambiguously went wrong."
An alleged victim accused McAlpine of sex abuse, which Entwistle has said should not have been broadcast. Steve Messham, the abuse victim, apologized to McAlpine for incorrectly identifiying McAlpine as his abuser. That seems like a really big error to make, right?