In a statement, the BBC's Executive Board has stated it will be taking a number of actions, following the findings of the MacQuarrie report. They are:
- To address the lack of clarity around the senior editorial chain of command, a decision has been taken to re-establish a single management to deal with all output, Savile related or otherwise, as announced earlier today.
- To address the pressure on the Newsnight team, Karen O’Connor has agreed to take on the role of Acting Editor of Newsnight.
- We will now embark on a disciplinary process where appropriate. Clearly we will not discuss the details of these individual cases.
- We will as a matter of urgency fill the current vacancy for a Non-Executive Director of the BBC with a senior external figure with a proven track record of overseeing journalism.
BBC Scotland Director, Ken MacQuarrie, was asked to investigate the circumstances and editorial failings around an edition of BBC Newsnight, which made false sex abuse claims against a Conservative peer. A summary of the report findings have been released.
Responding to the findings, the BBC Executive Board said:
The failings identified by Mr MacQuarrie are unacceptable, and the Executive Board is taking clear and decisive action, as set out below, to restore public trust in the BBC’s journalism. The Executive Board thanks Mr MacQuarrie for undertaking his report quickly.
The BBC's political correspondent Ross Hawkins has been tweeting the findings of the MacQuarrie report, set up to investigate the decision to broadcast a Newsnight programme that made false sex abuse claims against a Conservative peer:
BBC MacQuarrie report on Newsnight Nov 2 story: ambiguity around who was taking the ultimate editorial responsibility for the report
More MacQuarrie on Newsnight: some of the basic journalistic checks were not completed
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.
Tim Davie tells ITV News that the BBC is facing "a very big crisis" but says he won't pass judgement on a pay-off for George Entwistle
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.