Why the BBC Is Locked in An Epic Crisis of Its Own Making

Luke MacGregor / Reuters

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With these four words, the BBC's anchors introduce the regular bulletins that inform its 47 million British radio listeners and TV viewers and an additional 239 million people around the world. But the phrase has taken on an eerie resonance since BBC director general George Entwistle suddenly resigned on Nov. 10 after just 54 days in the job. On the forecourt of the broadcaster's newly revamped central London headquarters, BBC journalists jostle for elbow room with throngs of competitors seeking scoops and sound bites. Their prey: the BBC's top managers — those who still...

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