Lord Hall: My top staff are blame-dodgers and it"s time to shake up the management, says new BBC boss

BBC's top female executive says former Director General Mark Thompson WAS made aware of Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims Helen Boaden says she told former DG about suspicions in 2011Contradicts claim that he didn't find out about abuse claims until after he left By Sam Webb PUBLISHED: 01:38 GMT, 24 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:49 GMT, 24 February 2013 The BBC's top female executive has claimed that she told former Director-General Mark Thompson about the sexual abuse accusations surrounding disgraced TV star Jimmy Savile nine months before he left. Former director of news Helen Boaden's testimony contradicts his claim that he knew nothing of the nature of the Newsnight allegation until after he left the role to become chief executive of the New York Times. The Sunday Times reports that Boaden informed Mr Thompson about the scandal in December 2011, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Guernsey couple Peter Root and Mary Thompson killed during round-the-world cycling tour in Thailand

British couple killed during round-the-world cycling tour after being run over by pick-up truck in Thailand Peter Root and Mary Thompson were both artists aged 34 from GuernseySet off in July 2011 and had cycled through Europe, Middle East and ChinaCouple run over by pick-up driver in Phanom Sarakham, Chachoengsao By Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 13:27 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:59 GMT, 18 February 2013 A British couple on a round-the-world cycling tour have been killed in a road crash in Thailand.

"Leave the man be": Let the BBC honour DJ John Peel, says woman he seduced at 15

Woman 'seduced by John Peel aged 15' urges BBC to continue plans to name part of HQ after late DJ By Louise Eccles PUBLISHED: 23:58 GMT, 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:48 GMT, 19 January 2013 The woman who claims she had a an affair with the DJ said he did absolutely nothing wrong A woman who claims she had an affair with John Peel when she was 15 has urged the BBC to continue with plans to name part of its headquarters after the radio presenter. The BBC announced in March it would rename the Egton Wing of Broadcasting House the Peel Wing.

I think they might belong to somebody else: Lucy the Labrador"s Christmas surprise after giving birth to TWELVE black puppies

I think they might belong to somebody else: Lucy the Labrador's Christmas surprise after giving birth to TWELVE black puppiesThe pups were all born on 12/12/12Lucy's family had been planing to have her neuteredThe pups are so tiny they are being fed with bottles | UPDATED: 20:00 GMT, 19 December 2012 A Labrador has given her family 12 unexpected early Christmas presents. Three-year-old Lucy started giving birth at the home of her ‘auntie’, Annette Thompson, in Kirkholt, Rochdale. But neither she, nor Lucy’s owner Rachel Foy, had known she was pregnant

Mark Thompson spent thousands on travel expenses to US in months before he quit BBC for New York Times

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson spent thousands on expenses for travel to the US in months before he quit to join New York Times Former BBC chief spent almost 6,000 in return flight to San Francisco BBC senior managers' hotel and rail expenses doubles since 2009 Despite cutbacks to budgets, three executives received pay rises up to 20pc | UPDATED: 20:37 GMT, 6 December 2012 Expenses: Former BBC director general Mark Thompson, pictured, spent almost 6,000 on travel to the US in his final few months in charge of the corporation Former BBC director general Mark Thompson spent almost 6,000 on travel to the US in his final few months in charge of the corporation. Senior managers’ hotel and rail expenses have doubled since 2009, according to new figures for the first financial quarter of the year from the BBC.

Paedophile who said a seven-year-old girl seduced him is finally jailed weeks after judge set him free

Paedophile who said a seven-year-old girl seduced him is finally jailed weeks after judge set him freeJohn Thompson escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guiltyAccused schoolgirl of pinning him down on a bed after 'flirting' with himFailed to attend sex offender treatment programme Cited excuses including wax in his ear and a broken window at home | UPDATED: 19:38 GMT, 30 November 2012 Guilty: John Thompson (pictured) was imprisoned yesterday after blaming a seven-year-old girl for seducing him A vile paedophile who blamed a girl of seven for seducing him was finally locked up yesterday – weeks after a judge let him walk free. John Thompson escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his victim.