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Crisis talks at BBC as chairman seeks new leader

The Guardian, LONDON

Patten indicated that he was keen on a wider structural overhaul of the corporation, offering vague proposals to appoint a strong “editorial figure” to complement the work of the director general. The chairman said “there is a case” for splitting the roles of director general and editor-in-chief, although this would require an emergency rewrite of the BBC’s governing royal charter.

An emergency review into the erroneous McAlpine report led by Ken MacQuarrie, the head of BBC Scotland, was sent to Davie on Sunday — while a second review, the Nick Pollard review of last year’s decision to axe an investigation into sexual abuse by Savile, is due to begin holding interviews with those at the heart of that affair this week.

The BBC Trust also met Davie to hear the outcome of the MacQuarrie review, with the body saying that it was “looking forward to him setting out … his plans” for dealing with “some of [the] issues” arising from the McAlpine broadcast.

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