DHAKA: A ‘thorough, radical, structural overhaul’ of the BBC is necessary in the wake of the resignation of the director general, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has said.
George Entwistle quit on Saturday after a controversial Newsnight report led to a former Tory treasurer being wrongly accused as a child abuser.
Lord Patten said the BBC had to ensure programmes were being properly managed.
A new director general would be chosen within weeks, he said, reports the BBC.
Lord Patten said talks about the next director general would begin on Sunday, but in the meantime the acting director general, Tim Davie, would be given full support.
Before his departure, Entwistle had commissioned a report from BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie into what happened with the Newsnight investigation.
He is expected to report on Sunday.
Lord Patten, appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme, said his own job was to show licence fee-payers ‘that the BBC has a grip, that we get ourselves back on the road’.
BDST: 1913 HRS, NOV 11, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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