BBC's head of news, deputy 'ordered' to 'step aside' amid ongoing crisis at firm
The BBC's head of news Helen Boaden and her deputy Steve Mitchell have reportedly been ordered 'stepped aside' in the wake of ongoing crisis at the firm.
Helen Boaden, head of news 'stepped aside' as the BBC is investigated over errors on their flagship programme Newsnight.
Her deputy, Steve Mitchell, is believed to have taken the same action.
According to the Telegraph, sources at the media firm said 'stepping aside' is not the same as resigning or being sacked, with a spokeswoman saying there will be a formal announcement 'within hours.'
Boaden and Mitchell have been asked to surrender their responsibilities pending the results of the Pollard inquiry, the inquiry into sex abuse claims against former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, the paper said.
The report comes just two days after Director General George Entwistle resigned amid growing pressure as a result of the Newsnight scandals.
According to the paper, he quit after Newsnight was forced to issue an "unreserved" apology to Lord McAlpine after it broadcast a report wrongly accusing a senior Conservative of paedophilia, which led to the Tory peer being named online.