On Wednesday the BBC’s spin arm briefed Media Guardian that its creative director Alan Yentob had not tried to influence Newsnight’s investigation into scandal-hit Kids Company, of which he is chairman. Yet on Channel 4 News last night, Yentob admitted he did phone Newsnight staff before the programme aired. He still insists “I don’t think I’ve abused my position in any way”.
In a bizarre interview, a heated Yentob said of sexual abuse allegations at Kids Company: “I don’t believe them for one minute”. He then weirdly demanded Matt Frei congratulate him for his role in running a charity which has now collapsed in disgrace:
“Why don’t you say to me, congratulations Alan?”
Judging by this tweet from the Mail’s media editor…
What a bizarre finish to the day. Alan Yentob just dialled me accidentally, when he really didn't want to (he said). Totally W1A.
— Katherine Rushton (@kerushton) August 6, 2015
… it must have been a very long day…