London — Alan Yentob
, the creative director of U.K. broadcaster the BBC
, has stepped down from his post. The senior executive has been mired in a controversy regarding children’s charity Kids Company, of which he was chairman.
The scandal, which involved allegations that Yentob used his position to influence BBC news
coverage of the charity’s financial management, came at a time when the BBC
management, led by director general Tony Hall
, is negotiating a new agreement, known as the BBC
Charter, with the U.K. government.
Kids Company, which was run by Camila Batmanghelidjh
, went bust in August, and its former bosses faced a barrage of media reports that alleged financial mismanagement, which Batmanghelidjh and Yentob deny.
Yentob said in a statement: “The BBC
is going through particularly challenging times and I have come to believe that the speculation about Kids Company and the media coverage revolving around