- Lord Patten to meet acting director general Tim Davie to decide if it will be axed after 32 years
By Martin Robinson
PUBLISHED: 08:37 EST, 12 November 2012 | UPDATED: 10:01 EST, 12 November 2012
Future: Lord Patten leaves his home today and admits that the future of Newsnight is in doubt
The future of Newsnight is hanging in the balance after Lord Patten admitted its botched report that falsely accused Tory peer Lord McAlpine of being a paedophile could see it scrapped after 32 years.
The BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten and acting director general Tim Davie will meet today to discuss if the programme can survive the corporation's crisis.
Newsnight was first broadcast in January 1980 but in the past year it has been badly damaged by its decision not to run an investigation into Jimmy Savile's abuse of children and now the smearing of Lord McAlpine.
When Lord Patten was asked if the show will survive he said: '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.'
John Whittingdale, chairman of the culture and media select committee, said: 'Newsnight has been very badly damaged by this, and maybe it will need to re-branded. But the BBC will need to continue to have a flagship news and current-affairs programme'
Newsnight has already been wounded by its decision not to air an investigation it commissioned last year into the criminal activities of the late Jimmy Savile.
Last month, following a decision by ITV to screen the allegations, Newsnight editor Peter Rippon 'stepped aside' pending the outcome of a review by Nick Pollard.
Two more senior BBC staff today 'stepped aside' at the crisis-hit Corporation as the fallout continues after a botched Newsnight investigation.
Then and now: Newsnight started in January 1980 with Peter Snow (left during first show) and is now presented by stars including Jeremy Paxman
BBC News director Helen Boaden and her deputy Stephen Mitchell follow Newsnight editor Peter Rippon, who also 'stepped aside' last month following a shelved probe into Jimmy Savile's sex abuse.
Meanwhile stalwart presenter Jeremy Paxman provoked fears he will
fiery presenter blamed 'cowards and incompetents' for the departure of
director general George Entwistle as he damned a culture of
'timeserving' and 'biddable' managers.
embittered response raised fears that he will leave the programme,
where he is known for his combative questioning and refusal to tolerate
Even staff on the programme are beginning to question whether it will be able to survive the crisis.
BBC insider asked whether, following two separate reviews into the
programme, 'it would be the kind of brand you want to be associated
Others believe a
brief suspension is possible – until at least after Christmas – while
the mess is cleared up and a new team installed.
Former Newsnight presenter Peter Snow said last night: 'It is a brilliant programme. It produces wonderful stuff and has done successfully for 32 years. To end Newsnight would be absurd. But I'm afraid Newsnight have made mistakes and of course they are going to have to suffer for that.'
Headlines Newsview all
ABUJA, Nigeria, May 26 (UPI) -- A militant group in the Niger Delta said it targeted a Chevron Pipeline in the region after the company ... Full story
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has voiced concern over what it considered attempt by some northern group to start a pogrom against South-easterners. Vanguard reports ...
Rate this article
- May environmental sanitation exercise: Lagos suspends movement restriction
- Our son is ready to refund the N400m - Olisa Metuh's family
- 5 Things Every Woman Should Always Deny A Man
Nigeria Professional Football League Giwa FC and Heartland have been eliminated from the Federation Cup in the Round of 64.clubs Giwa lost 2-0 to Sunshine Stars, ...
The world’s leading digital sports brand ESPN, has reported record traffic in Nigeria for April 2016, for the second consecutive month. 5.7 million unique visitors accessed ...
Omotade Johnson, a former staff with Intercontinental bank now make ends meet selling puff puff at Igando bus stop in Lagos state. Omotade, a graduate ...
On Wednesday, May 24, top Nigerian music sensation Iyanya shut down Abuja as he staged his first ever ‘Symphony of Iyanya’ concert held at the ...
Are you ready for this collaboration between Orezi and Olamide? The video for “Under The Blanket (Remix)” is out and the fun video was directed by ...
A total of seventeen players have arrived the Super Eagles training camp in France ahead of Friday’s friendly against Mali, but Manchester City forward Kelechi ...
– Moses has opted out of the friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg – The NFF says the player seems to be picking the invitations he will ...
The Bank of Industry (BoI) has commissioned a 24KW micro-grid solar system in Charwa/Chakun, an off-grid community in Markafi local government area of Kaduna State. The ... Full story
Popular Nigerian singer, Sean Tizzle, real name Morihanfen Oluwaseun Oluwabamidele, was a guest on HFtv where he addressed some of the controversies he has recently ...
Last year AKA's babymama, DJ Zinhle, accused him of cheating on her with South African TV girl, Bonang Matheba, which he vehemently denied...but the two ...