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News chief steps aside as BBC crisis deepens


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BBC News director Helen Boaden and deputy director Steve Mitchell (R) are seen in undated photos released in London November 12, 2012. The two most senior figures at BBC News stepped aside on Monday a day after the chairman of the broadcaster's governing body said it needed a radical overhaul to survive a child sex abuse scandal, it said. Helen Boaden, the director of BBC News, and her deputy Steve Mitchell, stepped aside two days after the director general quit to take the blame for the airing of false child sex abuse allegations against a former politician. REUTERS/BBC/handout