Rupert Murdoch gleeful at BBC debacle in Britain

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“The issues the BBC is dealing with at the moment … are very different from the phone hacking and illegal intercept of communications which led to the Leveson inquiry,” he said. “(But) clearly in the public mind there won’t be that distinction, the public will see it as poor standards across the board.”

Murdoch’s grudge against the BBC was vented in detail in a 2009 speech by his son James, a TV executive who railed against the BBC’s funding, which comes from a television license fee paid by every TV household in Britain.

Because of its funding “the BBC feels empowered” and “the scope of its activities and ambitions is chilling,” said James Murdoch.

The crisis at the BBC has already led to the departure of its director-general after only 54 days on the job. On Monday, the BBC’s decision to send Entwistle away with a full year’s salary of 450,000 pounds ($715,000) drew even more criticism.

“Clearly, it is hard to justify a sizeable payoff of that sort,” Cameron’s spokesman Steve Field told reporters.

The BBC on Monday also announced that head of news Helen Boaden and her deputy Stephen Mitchell have been temporarily removed, although the broadcaster said neither were implicated in two major misjudgments by the network concerning its child sex abuse reports.

In New York, Mark Thompson, the former director-general of the BBC who was in charge when a BBC investigation into Savile’s alleged abuse was sidelined, said Monday he was “very saddened” by the scandal at the broadcaster. Arriving on the first day of his new job as chief executive of The New York Times, he told reporters he had “no doubt it (BBC) will get back on its feet.”

Iain Overton, who was involved in preparing the “Newsnight” story about the politician, resigned Monday as editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The organization, a nonprofit muckraking group based at City University in London that works with several news organizations, said the BBC story had been “strictly contrary to the fundamental principles and standards of the bureau.”

Further resignations or suspensions at the BBC are likely as the investigation develops.

“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 BBC said.

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