The World Tonight - 19/12/2012
The deputy head of BBC News resigns after damning reports on Newsnight programmes, and a new investigation is announced into the Hillsborough disaster. Presented by Ritula Shah.
The deputy head of BBC News, Stephen Mitchell, has resigned - and three other senior members of staff are being moved to different jobs - after highly critical reports on how Newsnight shelved an investigation into Jimmy Savile, and then broadcast one which led to Lord McAlpine being wrongly implicated in allegations of sexual abuse. An independent review - by a former head of Sky News - has concluded that Newsnight's decision to drop its Savile investigation was "seriously flawed", and BBC management was "completely incapable" of dealing with subsequent events. And the Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced a new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster - a move which she says may lead to criminal prosecutions. The High Court has also overturned the original inquest verdicts on the 96 Liverpool fans who died, of accidental death. Presented by Ritula Shah.
- Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 10:00PM Wed, 19 Dec 2012
- Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
- First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 10:00PM Wed, 19 Dec 2012
- Duration 45 minutes