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Phil Harding: Press 'love kicking the BBC'

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The BBC's acting Director General Tim Davie has said his job is to "get a grip" in the corporation, in light of recent scandals involving Jimmy Savile and a Newsnight report on child abuse - which led to the resignation of the former Director General George Entwistle.

Speaking to the Today programme, The Sun's Trevor Kavanagh said: "I think that what's happened at the BBC should give Lord Leveson pause for thought before he publishes his report this month.

"What it has shown is that despite all the legal framework that is attached to broadcasters, that they are just as capable as getting it wrong as the written media."

Phil Harding, the BBC's former director of editorial policy, said: "Mistakes have been made in journalism everywhere, but we have to keep a sense of proportion.

"There are some people in the press who love to give the BBC a good kicking because they don't believe in its existence in the first place."


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