BBC Director of News, Deputy Step Aside Amid Internal Probes

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LONDON - BBC director of news Helen Boaden and her deputy Stephen Mitchell have stepped aside amid internal probes into editorial processes, BBC News reported early Monday.

It wasn't immediately clear if the move would become permanent. Boaden and Mitchell were asked to surrender their responsibilities pending the results of the internal inquiries, the BBC News report said.

The BBC was not immediately available for further comment, but an announcement from acting director general Tim Davie was expected later in the day.

One probe has looked at failures that led to a mistaken report by flagship news show Newsnight that a British politician was involved in child abuse. Its results are believed to have been presented internally on Sunday.

Boaden was director of BBC News at the time of the decision by Newsnight last year not to air a report on sexual abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile. A separate probe is investigating that decision.

The BBC has tapped Fran Unsworth, head of newsgathering, and Ceri Thomas, editor of BBC's Radio 4 Today program, to fill the roles of Boaden and Mitchell for the time being, BBC News said.

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