George Entwistle resigns as BBC director general

Key points

  • The BBC's director general, George Entwistle, resigns in the wake of the Newsnight child abuse broadcast
  • In a statement, Mr Entwistle says the "wholly exceptional" events of last week had convinced him to stand down
  • Tim Davie, who is currently director of audio and music, is to be acting director general from Sunday
  • BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten said of Mr Entwistle's resignation: "This is undoubtedly one of the saddest evenings of my public life"

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Last updated 11 November 2012

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