Director-General of the BBC

Date: 10.11.2012     Last updated: 23.09.2014 at 09.48

The BBC Trust has today issued the following statement from the BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten on the resignation of the Director-General of the BBC, George Entwistle.

Lord Patten said:

"This is undoubtedly one of the saddest evenings of my public life. George Entwistle worked for the BBC for 23 years. He exemplifies the finest values of public service broadcasting. At the heart of the BBC is its role as a trusted global news organisation, and as the Editor-in-Chief of this organisation, George has very honourably offered us his resignation because of the unacceptable mistakes and the unacceptable shoddy journalism which has caused so much controversy. He has behaved as Editor with huge honour and courage and would that the rest of the world always behaved the same. George was set on putting in place a number of reforms and changes which will be required in this great organisation and it is a real tragedy that he has been overwhelmed by these events, as we all were to a great extent, before he was able to act in a way that was clearly necessary.

"As from tomorrow, the acting Director-General will be Tim Davie and we will begin the process of agreeing on a permanent successor."

Below can be found correspondence between the Director-General and the Chairman of the BBC Trust.