BBC boss Lord Patten says 'firm needs radical structural overhaul'
The BBC needs a radical structural overhaul after the resignation of the director general George Entwistle in the wake of scandals engulfing the firm, a top official at the media company has said.
Entwistle quit on Saturday after a controversial Newsnight report led to a former Tory treasurer being wrongly accused as a child abuser.
The BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has said that he had to show licence fee-payers 'that the BBC has a grip, that we get ourselves back on the road'.
Of Entwistle's departure, he said, 'he's editor-in-chief of a great news organisation and I think he felt he should take responsibility for the awful journalism which disfigured that Newsnight programme [on 2 November].
"And one of the ironies is that he was a brilliantly successful editor of Newsnight himself for some time," the BBC quoted him, as saying.
According to the report, Entwistle lasted just 54 days on the job, but Lord Patten praised him as "a very, very good man, cerebral, decent, honourable, brave".
He said it was too soon to talk of cutting Newsnight, but said there was an "argument" for the BBC to look at giving the head of news a stronger role, the report said.