BBC director-general quits over sexual abuse coverage

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His statement that he was "responsible for all content" came after weeks of what the BBC's harshest critics have described as obfuscation and evasion by the broadcaster's management in the face of demands for explanations of how the fiascoes over the two Newsnight programmes had been allowed to happen.

As of late as Saturday morning, Entwistle was holding to the position he had taken for weeks, that he had not known about the November 2 Newsnight broadcast ahead of time because of the BBC's longstanding tradition that the director-general not interfere with details of how programmes are made. "In the light of what has happened here, I wish that this was referred to me, but it wasn't."

Patten, BBC chairman, said Tim Davie, 45, the BBC's director of audio and music, would become the acting director general. Patten, whose own position may now be imperiled, did not attempt to disguise the gravity of the situation, alluding to "unacceptable mistakes, unacceptably shoddy journalism" that culminated in the November 2 Newsnight programme.

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