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BBC trust head calls for radical overhaul

Associated Press Modified: November 11, 2012 at 10:46 am •  Published: November 11, 2012
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Kevin Marsh, a former senior editor of the BBC, said the resignation does little to re-establish public trust in the BBC, which is funded mainly by a tax on U.K. households that have televisions.

"The BBC asks the British public to pay its bills every year, and the only way it can do that is if the British public trusts the way it is spending its money," he said.

Entwistle took over as head of the BBC two months ago from Mark Thompson, who will become chief executive of The New York Times Co. on Monday. The broadcaster was emerging from a difficult period marked by budget cuts, job losses and mounting calls to justify its 3.5 billion pound ($5.6 billion) budget.

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Associated Press writer Cassandra Vinograd can be reached at http://twitter.com/CassVinograd