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BBC director calls for social media silence

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Someday somebody is going to write a book about the BBC and the turmoil it has gone through this year - turmoil that was self-inflicted.

 The latest bit of news involving the broadcaster is that its acting head of news Fran Unsworth has called for staff members to go silent on social media about problems at the BBC. Unsworth replaced Helen Boaden after she resigned Monday following the Newsnight scandal that saw the late night news series wrongly accuse a British politician of being involved in child abuse.

An email to BBC staffers told them that "it would be helpful if some of our problems were not played out publicly across social media and in the pages of the national press."

The network is still dealing with the growing Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal, as the late program host allegedly violated many underage women during his time at the BBC.

"It would be helpful if some of our problems were not played out publicly across social media and in the pages of the national press. We need a collective and collegiate sense of all pulling together to restore trust in the BBC's news output," Unsworth said in her note. "This is a tough time for everyone in the organization – in particular for those of us in BBC News. And, of course, for some individuals most of all. Both Helen and (Stephen Mitchell, Boaden's deputy who stepped aside as well) are outstanding leaders of BBC News whose experience and ability will be much missed in the coming weeks. Many of you have today shown a great deal of support for them and they wanted me to let you know how grateful they are for that."


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- BBC one

Written by: Hamatosan
Nov 13th, 2012, 5:10 am

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