Suddenly the vast and inscrutable machine of the BBC is under intense investigation, and the hunt is on for whomever it was at Director level that signed off on the Newsnight.
The Daily Mail believes it has found the weak link in the chain. The person they now claim was responsible for sign off at the highest level was the Director of BBC NI, Peter Johnston.
Johnson, whose core competence is audience development, found himself with executive responsibilities for national news after the last round of cuts, when the national directors in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where pushed up a rung.
Ken MacQuarrie who is compiling a report on what when wrong is Johnston’s analogue in BBC Scotland.
Update [Alan] – BBC News published a handy org chart of responsibility …
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