NPR reports on the BBC's chief resigning over the Jimmy Savile scandal, with this promising and troubling detail -- it's the first news account I've seen that names McAlpine, but also says the survivor has recanted his accusation:
But the furor was reignited when the same program aired a report on Nov. 2 about alleged sex abuse in Wales in the 1970s and 1980s. During the program, victim Steve Messham claimed he had been abused by a senior Conservative Party figure.
The BBC didn't name the alleged abuser, but online rumors focused on Alistair McAlpine, a Conservative Party member of the House of Lords. On Friday, McAlpine issued a fierce denial and threatened to sue.
Messham then said he had been mistaken about his abuser's identity and apologized to McAlpine, prompting fury over the BBC's decision to air the report, the suspension of investigative programs at "Newsnight" and mounting questions over Entwistle's leadership.
Full story here: http://www.npr.org/2012/11/10/164873008/..._medium=twitter