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Deep in crisis, what’s wrong with BBC?

(People's Daily Online)

08:27, November 15, 2012

Once upon a time, when Rupert Murdoch’s 168-year-old News of the World stopped publication because of wiretapping scandals, the British people can comfort themselves by saying that “we still have the BBC.”

But now the BBC is stuck in the worst crisis of trust in the past 50 years. Attempts to conceal the sex scandals of its famous host Jimmy Savile, coupled with the later false reports saying a British politician involved in sex abuse scandal, have forced the BBC Director-General George Entwistle to resign only 54 days after he assumed office.

On Oct.23, Entwistle said starkly at the parliamentary hearing that it is the company’s cultural atmosphere that provides the soil for sexual assaults. Maybe this can explain why Savile’s sex scandals have never been investigated.

Recently, a book called Can We trust the BBC becomes quite popular. The author Robin Aitken is a senior reporter working with the BBC for 15 years. With his personal experience and careful observation, he challenges BBC’s impartiality.

Aitken thinks that there still are prejudice and position-holding inside the BBC despite the brand logo of justice and freedom.

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