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False abuse claims 'a disaster for BBC' says Hewlett

A former resident of a north Wales care home has apologised for making false allegations of sexual abuse against a Conservative politician in a report by the BBC's Newsnight programme.

Steve Messham said a case of mistaken identity had led to peer Lord McAlpine being linked to the historical claims.

Media commentator Steve Hewlett said the latest development was a "disaster for the BBC".

  • 09 Nov 2012
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