BBC boss should act or be "out of a job", says MP Conor Burns

BBC boss should act or be "out of a job", says MP Conor Burns

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns

BBC director-general George Entwistle

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THE director-general of the BBC should be “out of a job” if he cannot act to restore trust in the Corporation, a Bournemouth MP has said.

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns was recently appointed to the Commons culture and media select committee, which is likely to examine editorial failings at BBC2’s Newsnight.

Director-general George Entwistle has apologised to former cabinet minister Lord McAlpine after Newsnight reported allegations that a senior Conservative of the Thatcher era had abused boys at a North Wales children’s home.

The victim of the abuse has since said he was mistaken and that the abuser in question was not Lord McAlpine.

Mr Burns raised the possibility that Mr Entwistle might not even be director-general by the time he appeared before the select committee. “If there has not been decisive action to restore trust and confidence in the BBC, then Mr Entwistle should be out of a job,” he said.

In interviews on Saturday morning, Mr Entwistle admitted he had not known about the Newsnight report until the following morning, despite the ongoing row about the programme’s decision not to broadcast allegations of child abuse against Sir Jimmy Savile.

Mr Burns said: “My prime concern in the light particularly of his faltering media performances is I’m not very convinced that he can get a grip.”

He added: “We have a position where Newsnight didn’t broadcast allegations that they could stand up against Jimmy Savile and did broadcast allegations that they couldn’t stand up against Alistair McAlpine.

“The director-general should have issued clear instructions that anything to do with child abuse allegations should come to him.

“This is destroying the credibility of the BBC which is part of our offering to the world. That it isn’t at the top of his agenda is very worrying indeed.”

He said he did not want Newsnight axed in the same way Rupert Murdoch had axed the News of the World.

“Newsnight is a very important programme within our democracy, within our politics. It does get to the heart of very substantive things but something has gone fundamentally wrong there,” he said.

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4:15pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Talkingheadera says...

And you mr burns should be out of a job for consistently not replying to my e mails.
And you mr burns should be out of a job for consistently not replying to my e mails. Talkingheadera
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8:08pm Sat 10 Nov 12

John T says...

Who would you replace him with, Mr Burns?....Jeremy Hunt, James Murdoch, Rebecca Brookes or Philip Schofield?
David Cameron sends LOL, and hopes you have a nice Sunday Lunch with Mrs T tomorrow, Conner (sic).
Who would you replace him with, Mr Burns?....Jeremy Hunt, James Murdoch, Rebecca Brookes or Philip Schofield? David Cameron sends LOL, and hopes you have a nice Sunday Lunch with Mrs T tomorrow, Conner (sic). John T
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8:19pm Sat 10 Nov 12

John T says...

Rebecca Brookes????....like Man of the People, Dave Cameron, I might get the hang of this predidictive text one day, like!
I've tried asking Boris Johnson for advice on it, but he just goes into his second or third declensions!
Rebecca Brookes????....like Man of the People, Dave Cameron, I might get the hang of this predidictive text one day, like! I've tried asking Boris Johnson for advice on it, but he just goes into his second or third declensions! John T
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8:38pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Hobad1 says...

Sounds to me like Conor Burns is trying to make a name for himself by jumping on a bandwagon that he has no control or influence over. Mr Burns...how about targeting the real issues in your constituency, before trying to make yourself famous by other means ?
Sounds to me like Conor Burns is trying to make a name for himself by jumping on a bandwagon that he has no control or influence over. Mr Burns...how about targeting the real issues in your constituency, before trying to make yourself famous by other means ? Hobad1
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8:58pm Sat 10 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

As talkingheadera has said he ignores people and letters.
As talkingheadera has said he ignores people and letters. pete woodley
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9:37pm Sat 10 Nov 12

politicaltrainspotter says...

And Tobias Ellwood ignores letter and emails. These two are poor.
And Tobias Ellwood ignores letter and emails. These two are poor. politicaltrainspotter
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9:42pm Sat 10 Nov 12

John T says...

pete woodley wrote:
As talkingheadera has said he ignores people and letters.
Anybody who looks at the keeppolicing outofpolitics website will see that Conor Burns was unable to ignore Police Commissioner Candidate Martyn Underhill's questions with regard to the financial suitability of NickKing to become Dorset's Police Commissioner.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: As talkingheadera has said he ignores people and letters.[/p][/quote]Anybody who looks at the keeppolicing outofpolitics website will see that Conor Burns was unable to ignore Police Commissioner Candidate Martyn Underhill's questions with regard to the financial suitability of NickKing to become Dorset's Police Commissioner. John T
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9:48pm Sat 10 Nov 12

John T says...

As Mr Entwhistle has now stepped down, Conor Burns will have to find another bandwagon to jump on.
Let's hope that it is one that is relevant to his constituents in Bournemouth and Talbot Village!
As Mr Entwhistle has now stepped down, Conor Burns will have to find another bandwagon to jump on. Let's hope that it is one that is relevant to his constituents in Bournemouth and Talbot Village! John T
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6:28am Sun 11 Nov 12

H2o-hara says...

I thought Mr Burns was in fact going to sort out Bournemouth's binge drinkers as headlined last year !
I thought Mr Burns was in fact going to sort out Bournemouth's binge drinkers as headlined last year ! H2o-hara
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8:29am Sun 11 Nov 12

Tripod says...

It's the people who actually made the decisions that should be sacked, not (necessarily) the guy at the top. George Entwistle may have gone, but the people who made the program will still there.
It's the people who actually made the decisions that should be sacked, not (necessarily) the guy at the top. George Entwistle may have gone, but the people who made the program will still there. Tripod
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9:45am Sun 11 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Tripod wrote:
It's the people who actually made the decisions that should be sacked, not (necessarily) the guy at the top. George Entwistle may have gone, but the people who made the program will still there.
Exactly,he has been sacrafised when others should go with him
[quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: It's the people who actually made the decisions that should be sacked, not (necessarily) the guy at the top. George Entwistle may have gone, but the people who made the program will still there.[/p][/quote]Exactly,he has been sacrafised when others should go with him pete woodley
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