BBC director resigns

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The BBC's director, George Entwistle, resigned Saturday night after a report aired the previous week wrongly implicated a former politician in a pedophile scandal, the New York Times reported.

The report, which was broadcast Nov. 2, was featured in the prominent BBC program "Newsnight." A man interviewed in the program said he experienced abuse at a care home in the 1970s, Reuters reported. The man said Friday that he misidentified Alistair McAlpine as his assailant.

Newsnight reporters admitted they did not contact McAlpine for comment before airing the program, Reuters reported. According to the New York Times, upon resigning Entwistle said the journalistic standards used in the report were "unacceptable."

The BBC is already mired in another child-abuse scandal after the revelation last month that former television host Jimmy Savile assaulted perhaps hundreds of minors, including some on BBC premises, the New York Times reported.

The network was accused of attempting to cover up the accusations against Savile by cancelling a Newsnight report on him last year, the New York Times reported.

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