The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, is in the midst of what is probably the worst crisis the organization has ever faced!
The McAlpine Newsnight Report incorrectly implicated Lord McAlpine, a former Conservative party chairman, in the abuse scandal at the Bryn Estyn children's home in North Wales. Even though Lord McAlpine was not named, the team of the report as well as the organization has been in hot waters.
Coming right behind the Jimmy Savile scandal, this new crisis has proven to be disastrous. Director General, George Entwistle faced profound criticism for a report that wrongly implicated the former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine in child abuse. As a result, George Entwistle resigned as director general on November 10th 2012, saying, "I have decided that the honorable thing to do is to step down."
His 54 full days in post make him the corporation's shortest-serving DG. The chief executive of BBC Worldwide, Tim Davie, is appointed acting director general.
BBC's director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, have also stepped aside as a result of the report.
Entwistle claimed last week that the report was irresponsible and disciplinary action would be taken against the production team. However he, himself was criticized by the show's presenter John Humphries for not taking a closer interest in the program.
The head of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism Iain Overton is to quit for starting the crisis that has ripped through BBC.
BBC issued an apology for the report and all reports by the Bureau have been suspended by the corporation.
Investigative journalism is not only hard work, it asks for check, cross check and extreme responsibility. However, reporting on deeds and actions of high profile and influential personalities can be tricky as well. Only time and investigations will tell bring forward the realities and facts.