Adie leaves BBC

Veteran BBC news reporter Kate Adie has left the corporation after 35 years.

Adie, left, the BBC’s chief news correspondent since 1989, is thought to have gone of her own accord, despite speculation she may have paid the price for criticising her employer in the past.

Until recently, Adie was one of the BBC’s most prolific war correspondents. Renowned over the years for her reports from many of the world’s flashpoints, including Kosovo, Tiananmen Square and the Gulf War, Adie’s departure will be conspicuous at a time when Britain is on the brink of a second campaign against Iraq.

Michael Stevenson, the joint director of BBC factual and learning, has resigned, following an inquiry into the corporation’s Digital Curriculum project.

Stevenson led and developed the BBC’s application for the Digital Curriculum over the past three years, until its ratification by the Government this month.

He was found by the inquiry to have had discussions with a potential distribution partner that were deemed “impermissible in the light of ongoing legal proceedings concerning the basis of the BBC’s application prior to the Secretary of State’s decision”, according to a statement by the BBC.

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