Belfast Telegraph

Friday 6 March 2015

BBC chiefs debate Newsnight future

Lord Patten said he would be meeting with Tim Davie, the acting director-general of the BBC, to discuss the future of Newsnight
Lord Patten said he would be meeting with Tim Davie, the acting director-general of the BBC, to discuss the future of Newsnight

BBC bosses will discuss the future of Newsnight, the chairman of the Corporation's Trust said.

Lord Patten said he would be meeting with Tim Davie, the acting director-general of the BBC, to discuss the future of the flagship programme.

The future of Newsnight is in doubt following former director-general George Entwistle's resignation.

The announcement came after he admitted he did not know beforehand that Newsnight planned to broadcast allegations linking a senior Tory to the abuse scandal at a North Wales children's home.

The allegations have since been exposed as defamatory and false.

Asked whether Newsnight could now survive, Lord Patten told Sky's Murnaghan programme: "That's one of the things we will be discussing with the acting director-general today.

"I think one of the things that should survive is the investigative journalism which it has represented along with Panorama.

"At the heart of our news offering has to be uncompromising investigative journalism but you have to get it right."

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