Feeds

MPs grill BBC heads over Manuelgate

'A very serious editorial lapse', admits director general

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

MPs at a meeting of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee have been giving BBC bosses a bit of a hard time over the Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross Manuelgate scandal, the corporation reports.

Auntie chairman Sir Michael Lyons and director general Mark Thompson appeared before an "ongoing inquiry into the commercial operations of the BBC", at which the latter admitted the whole sorry affair represented "a very serious editorial lapse".

Lyons, however, denied the BBC had been slow to respond to the incident, countering an accusation of "lamentable slowness" with: "There was no lack of speed."

He continued: "I refute and reject any allegations there were more actions the trust should have taken. The trust is doing its job of holding the executive to account.

"I don't think we could've got an apology out any earlier. Could that apology have been worded differently? It was clear that it was both an apology to Andrew Sachs and that [the broadcast's] underlying material was unacceptable."

Lyons did, though, admit the Beeb "could have addressed Mr Sach's granddaughter, Georgina Bailey, who was the subject of the crude phone calls, in its initial apology". He also conceded the BBC's head of audio, Tim Davie, "should have been 'on the airwaves' to make a public statement a little earlier".

Davie didn't face the press until Tuesday, 28 October, "two days after the incident on Brand's Radio 2 show came to light - but 10 days after the initial broadcast".

Russell Brand resigned over the outrage, while Jonathan Ross was suspended for 12 weeks without pay. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
If there are any on our site it is not our fault as we are not a PUBLISHER
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?