BBC chief apologizes for airing 'fundamentally wrong' abuse report
Director General of the BBC George Entwistle poses for media outside new Broadcasting House in Central London Wednesday July 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/PA Wire)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, November 10, 2012 8:35AM EST
LONDON -- BBC Director General George Entwistle says a report wrongly implicating a senior politician in child-abuse allegations should never have been broadcast.
On Friday, the broadcaster apologized "unreservedly" for airing a "Newsnight" program with accusations from a victim who claimed a one-time senior Conservative Party figure had abused him.
"Newsnight" didn't name the politician, but online rumors pointed to Alistair McAlpine, a member of the House of Lords. McAlpine fiercely denied the allegations, and the victim retracted his claim, saying he had misidentified his abuser.
Entwistle told BBC radio Saturday that staffers could be disciplined for a broadcast "so fundamentally wrong." He also insisted he had no intention of resigning.
The BBC is already under fire for not airing allegations that its late star host, Jimmy Savile, sexually abused children.