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article imageMore heads roll from BBC sex scandals

By Larry Clifton     Nov 12, 2012 in World
London - The cover up of a decades-old child molestation scandal involving the alleged molestation of up to 300 minors has, for the time being, at least, claimed the heads of two more high-level BBC managers.
BBC News Chief Helen Boaden and her deputy director, Steve Mitchell, are the latest to “step aside” since the scandal involving former popular BBC host Jimmy Savile broke, according to an AP report out Monday.
On Saturday, BBC Chairman Chris Patten, 68, stood outside the BBC’s expansive London headquarters with George Entwistle, director general, as Entwistle resigned after failing to clean up after the public relations tsunami that struck few weeks ago.
According to a BBC statement released Monday, Boaden and Mitchell were relieved of their responsibilities "to address the lack of clarity around the editorial chain of command."
"Consideration is now being given to the extent to which individuals should be asked to account further for their actions and if appropriate, disciplinary action will be taken," the statement said.
The far-reaching scandal at Britain’s heavily-subsidized broadcast icon centers around a BBC news program accused of cancelling its own investigation of Savile and the alleged cover up that ensued at BBC.
Meanwhile, authorities are trying to determine the identities of powerful Britons involved in the sexual abuse of children and the BBC cover up. Some of the children are alleged to have been molested on BBC properties.
BBC Trust confirmed on Sunday that the corporation would reward Entwistle with a $715,000 severance.
Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman on Monday criticized the generous send-off pay for Entwistle, who led the BBC for only 54 days.
"Clearly, it is hard to justify a sizeable payoff of that sort," spokesman Steve Field told reporters, but added it was for the BBC to justify the decision.
BBC claims Entwistle will continue to attend to unspecified BBC business, to include handling questions about the child abuse scandal.
In a related matter, Mark Thompson, former director-general at BBC for eight years, began his executive manager duties Monday at the New York Times after his recent resignation from the troubled British broadcasting empire.
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