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Culture Secretary Maria Miller has told the Commons that neither she nor the Government had been in touch with either Lord Patten or the BBC Trust to suggest George Entwistle should leave his post.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller told the House of Commons it was essential that the independence of the BBC was not threatened. She said:
"The BBC is an independent institution, and it's independence is not, and never will be, in question. Ultimately, the only organisation that can restore the public's trust in the BBC is the BBC itself"
Culture Secretary Maria Miller has told the Commons: "We should not at all, at any point, forget the reason why these issues are under review right now. It is the sexual abuse of some of the vulnerable people in society."
Culture Secretary Maria Miller has told the House of Commons the BBC is in the most "serious of crises". She added that the "only organisation that can restore the public's trust in the BBC is the BBC."
Conservative MP Philip Davies, who sits on the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, told ITV News he believed Lord Patten's position has become "untenable" and it was "essential" he resigned.
The BBC's former director general Mark Thompson said he was "very saddened by recent events" at the corporation but added he was "confident" the broadcaster would "regain the public's trust".
Mr Thompson, who started his role as New York Times' chief executive today, said the BBC crisis "would not affect" his new job.
Labour has been granted an urgent question in the House of Commons this afternoon on the crisis at the BBC.
Deputy Leader Harriet Harman is asking Culture Secretary Maria Miller to make a statement on Mr Entwistle's resignation and "the situation at the BBC".
Acting BBC director general Tim Davie said his "job is to get a grip of the situation", during an interview with BBC News.
Mr Davie denied to comment on George Entwistle's £450,000 pay-off, saying it was "a matter for the BBC Trust".
He added that it had been a "very difficult episode" for the BBC.
Iain Overton confirmed on Twitter that he has resigned as editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the wake of its involvement in the Newsnight programme which broadcast allegations linking a senior Tory to child abuse.
Acting director general Tim Davie has emailed the corporation's staff saying he is "determined to give the BBC the clarity and leadership it deserves in the next few weeks", according to BBC News.
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Two senior BBC figures have "stepped aside" as a result of a botched Newsnight investigation.