A bad week for BBC director general George Entwistle worsened last night, as he stepped down from his position as the criticisms against the broadcaster continue to grow. Entwistle, who took over as BBC director general in September, earlier apologized on Saturday for the BBC's late night news program Newsnight wrongly implicating a British politician in a abuse scandal - a separate incident from the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal. Savile, a long-time BBC, allegedly abused a ridiculous number of young women during his time with the broadcaster.
The BBC is in a bad way and I think it is going to get worse before it gets better. It seems like Entwistle saw the writing on the wall.
"In the light of the fact that the director-general is also the editor-in-chief and ultimately responsible for all content, and in the light of the unacceptable journalistic standards of the Newsnight film broadcast...I have decided that the honorable thing to do is to step down," Entwistle said. "When appointed to the role, with 23 years' experience as a producer and leader at the BBC, I was confident the trustees had chosen the best candidate for the post, and the right person to tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead. However, the wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader.
"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 honor," Entwistle said. "While there is understandable public concern over a number of issues...we must not lose sight of the fact that the BBC is full of people of the greatest talent and the highest integrity. That’s what will continue to make it the finest broadcaster in the world," he continued.
Tim Davie has been named acting director general.