Why are they trending? #BBC, Sir Rex Hunt, Girls Aloud

What's trending and why? 12 November 2012

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The BBC's director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, are the latest to 'step aside' - as the BBC puts it - in the wake of the Newsnight documentary which mistakenly implicated Lord McAlpine in a sex abuse scandal.

The news follows fast on the heels of George Entwistle, the former director-general of the Beeb's resignation on Saturday night. Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has now come under fire for approving a a £450,000 lump sum payout for Entwistle.

The next Director General will need a tough hide - and real support, says Christopher Bland, while Ian Burrell predicts that "more heads will roll" over the saga. Meanwhile Owen Jones reminds us of the real victims, as, in the media furore over Newsnight, there is a risk cases of child abuse are being overlooked.

@BBC Breaking News tweets: Head of news Helen Boaden & deputy Stephen Mitchell "had nothing to do" with Newsnight child abuse report - BBC says http://bbc.in/SelCCi

BBC Breaking News  tweets: "Downing Street says ex-BBC chief Entwistle's 12-month payoff "hard to justify" but is a matter for his conscience http://bbc.in/QAJ6X4"

@DrEvanHarris tweets: "BBC demonstrates proper accountability by ed in chief resigning over *bad* journalism. Unlike newspapers editors over *criminal* journalism"

You can join our debate here over whether George Entwistle's resignation was the right decision.

Sir Rex Hunt

Sir Rex Hunt, who was governor of the Falkland Islands during an invasion by Argentina in 1982, has died, aged 86

The Yorkshireman took up his post in 1980 and was ousted as governor of the British overseas territory by invading Argentinian forces on April 2 1982. He is remembered for refusing to shake invading commander General Oswald Garcia's hand.

@PeterGrant19 tweets: "RIP Sir Rex Hunt! Governor of the Falkland Islands back in 1982 died aged 86. What an innings!"

@SusiSuu tweets: "You have landed unlawfully on British territory and I order you to remove yourself and your troops forthwith - Sir Rex Hunt. #LEGEND #RIP"

Girls Aloud

The recently re-united girl band Girls Aloud have announced they will perform at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball.

The group will also embark on a UK tour to promote Ten, their greatest hits collection in February 2013.

@GirlsAloud tweets: "So excited that you all know now that we're performing at JBB. What should we sing? Xx NC"

@CapitalOfficial tweets: "It's official.. Girls Aloud are coming to the CapitalJBB! Here's what YOU had to say... http://bit.ly/VW3tiV  CapitalMusicNews"

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