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Email trail: What the BBC bosses really knew

On 29 May 2010, Nick Vaughan-Barratt sent an email to George Entwistle (then the BBC’s Controller of Knowledge Commissioning):

Senior BBC staff before the firing line ahead of report on handling of Savile scandal

Senior BBC News executives are fighting to save their jobs ahead of a report expected to heavily criticise the corporation’s handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Page 3 Profile: John Murphys, broadcaster

Ah, the man who monstered Entwistle. Is he feeling triumphant?

Leveson: So who will regulate the bloggers and tweeters?

The press, Lord Justice Leveson observed in his presentation today, “operates very differently from blogs on the internet and other social media such as Twitter.”

'Do you want to know my toilet habits?' Lord Patten clashes with MPs over BBC Trust job

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten was forced to defend his role amid scathing criticism by MPs today.

It's going to be expensive: BBC has already spent £200,000 on staff legal costs in Jimmy Savile inquiries

The BBC has already spent more than £200,000 in legal fees investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten gives evidence at the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Lord Patten: George Entwistle asked for 'more' on top of £450,000 payout when he resigned from BBC

Former BBC director-general allegedly demanded more than a year's salary to leave the corporation without the threat of legal action

Lord Patten: George Entwistle was the victim of a character assassination

BBC Trust chairman launched a staunch defence of the recently departed director-general

Lord McAlpine may sue the BBC

BBC had full control over Newsnight broadcast, says Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The not-for-profit journalism group dragged into the row over the Newsnight report that led to Lord McAlpine being wrongly exposed as a paedophile has said it had had no control over the story but admitted failings over a decision to second one of its reporters to the BBC.

Editorial: Second time lucky at the BBC?

Chris Patten has lived up to his word. The chairman of the BBC Trust said he wanted a replacement BBC Director-General "within weeks". Now, just 12 days after the resignation of the hapless George Entwistle, Tony Hall – the chief executive of the Royal Opera House – has been named as his successor.

ITV pays out £125,000 to Lord McAlpine over This Morning 'paedophile list' fiasco

Lord McAlpine has reached a £125,000 settlement with ITV and Phillip Schofield over a This Morning programme on 8 November.

Lord Hall, who is expected to take a salary of £450,000 per year:

The elite needs shaking up, and new BBC Director General Tony Hall is in a perfect position to act

For too long the BBC has been a bubble. Will it produce flagship shows relevant to the vast majority of people in Britain - or dwindle into cultural irrelevance?

McAlpine tweeters may face criminal charges

Police are to look into whether any criminal offence has been committed over the Lord McAlpine affair.

Can Lord McAlpine the 'technophobe treasurer' really beat the Twitterati?

Lord McAlpine doesn’t use Twitter - but he’s taking on 10,000 people who do. Ian Burrell asks if the internet novice’s battle to restore his reputation could change life online forever

The largest number of defendants in British legal history? Twitter users braced for barrage of lawsuits from Lord McAlpine

Users of the social networking site Twitter who wrongly linked Tory peer, Lord McAlpine, with the North Wales care home child abuse scandal, are bracing themselves for a barrage of lawsuits.

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