Monday, October 19, 2015


It sounds like Alan Yentob is "on report" inside the the BBC for his activities in support of Kids Company, from Trust Chairman Rona Fairhead's answers to questions at the Society of Editors' conference in London today.

Asked about Alan's call suggesting Newsnight postpone coverage, his appearance in the Today cubicle to "listen" to Camila Batmanghelidjh's interview, and his phoning of World At One presenter Ed Stourton ahead of a Kids Company programme item, Rona said there had already been a provisional report from The Trust's Editorial Standards Committee - and so far, they were satisfied there'd been no on-air breach of 'editorial integrity'. That suggests there might be a final report, with perhaps either some new guidelines emerging, or, heaven forfend, sanctions against a senior manager using internal contacts to put improper pressure on news programmes.

Rona also said there had been explicit and direct conversations with the DG about Al, which are continuing. Will he be gone before Jeremy Vine leaves Strictly ?

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