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Senior BBC News executives step aside

It comes two days after the Director-General resigned.

Senior BBC News executives step aside
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Jack Quann
11:50 Monday 12 November 2012

The Director and Deputy Director of News at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Helen Boaden and Steve Mitchell have stepped aside.

It is not clear if they are still employed at the corporation.

The now-former Director General of the BBC George Entwistle quit his post on Saturday following a heavily-criticised child abuse investigation by the flagship Newsnight programme.

After just 54 days in the job Mr. Entwistle is being given a pay off of stg£450,000 which is a full year of salary.

It is a severance payment that is double what he is legally entitled to.

While the acting Director-General Tim Davie has taken over the role.

Changes at the BBC

The Director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie has also today reported his findings into the Newsnight broadcast on November 2nd 2012.

In a statement the BBC says the following actions have been announced:

To address the lack of clarity around the editorial chain of command, a decision has been taken to re-establish a single management to deal with all output, Savile related or otherwise.

Helen Boaden has decided that she is not in a position to undertake this responsibility until the Pollard review has concluded. During this period Fran Unsworth will act as Director of News. In line with this decision, Ceri Thomas will act on a temporary basis as Deputy Director in place of Stephen Mitchell.

To address the pressure on the Newsnight team Karen O’Connor has agreed to take on the role of Acting Editor of Newsnight.

Consideration is now being given to the extent to which individuals should be asked to account further for their actions and if appropriate, disciplinary action will be taken.

Heather Rabbatts if a former BBC Governor.

She says acting Director-General Davie has to get to grips with restoring confidence in the organisation.

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