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A look at the past week’s news

By River Reporter Nov 12, 2012

Ida Aagenaes


BBC Director General resignes
George Entwistle, director general of the BBC resigned Saturday night after a “botched” Newsnight report. The BBC’s reputation has received several blows lately with its integrity being question based on its handling (or lack of) of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

In an attempt to gain back some of its trust and show that the BBC takes issues like sexual abuse seriously, it aired a Newsnight report on an alleged paedophile ring in North Wales in the 1970s and 80s which was said to include senior Tory members.

Late last week it emerged that a case of mistaken identity had occurred and that the witnesses in Newsnight, a report conducted in collaboration with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, had not had any contact with the senior Conservative party member in question.

The Eurozone – cuts and crisis
The past week has been filled with riots in Athens and tragic deaths in Bilbao as extensive cuts in Greece and high mortgages in Spain are making people desperate. There are doubts that a major European Union summit planned later this month might not take place as ministers from Germany, the Netherland, and France are planning to block demands for increase in spending. 

Remembrance Day
People have been sporting red poppies everywhere over the past few weeks, all leading up to Sunday November 11, the day when Britain remembers its soldiers. Prime Minister David Cameron has emphasised the importance of not forgetting and has promised to improve support to soldiers, veterans and their families.

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