It seems that Mark Thomson (the BBC DG) is frantically rearranging deckchairs on the deck of HMS BBC:
He's just come out with a
He said the "very significant plan of action" would affect all BBC staff.
The story on the BBC website makes no mention of the
The Beeb has produced a new lead on their website entitled: BBC to suspend phone competitions
The BBC is to suspend all competitions after an inquiry unearthed a fresh batch of faked phone-ins.They're still spinning though:
Serious editorial breaches were found in six shows, including Comic Relief. Director general Mark Thompson said the incidents were "totally unacceptable".
Mr Thompson has outlined a "zero tolerance" approach to any future lapses in editorial judgement.He also ordered an independent inquiry into footage that wrongly implied the Queen walked out of a photo session.
He has also called for a workshop involving other broadcasters to discuss issues surrounding editorial standards and training.That translates as `it's everyone, not just us'.
The horrifying bit is that he then felt it necessary to say:
"There is no excuse for deception. I know the idea of deceiving the public would simply never occur to most people in the BBC.
"If you have a choice between deception and a programme going off air, let the programme go. It is far better to accept a production problem and make a clean breast to the public than to deceive," he added.
UPDATE 19:47 pm
OK, make that six more programmes.
We're talking about an admission of endemic lying.
How do they expect us to take their much-vaunted impartiality at face value now?