So that people know - and this report doesn't mention it - the BBC requires all of us involved in making programmes to sign up to the Trust Agenda, as it's known. This came in the wake of the scandals over the TV programme about the Queen appearing to walk out in an interview (?) and Alan Yentob showing what looked like a face to face interview but wasn't.
So, we were all given (well, I was) a 40 minute talking to, face to face, one on one, on what was the new trust agenda. We had to win back the trust of the viewer/listener by behaving in certain ways.
I don't remember the exact details but it was made clear to each of us that we mustn't ever appear to be interviewing or talking to someone if we weren't, we mustn't ever 'create' situations that are false or untrue and pass them off as untrue, we mustn't do anything to bring the BBC into disrepute (as Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand had apparently done).
This particular situation with the resignation can be dressed up as 'news' as much as the BBC likes, but there is no question that the appropriate way for someone to resign is with his or her party. That's where you start. Clearly, that's his choice rather than the BBC's, though these matters are always mutual, and if this resigner is so full of himself and so excited that he's got his moment in the sun, there are of course always always always willing media people ready to put the glow on this moment. (As an aside, what a cock if for a second he thinks that the media going to do him or his views any favours as and when he comes to stand in the election, when, as usual, the media will crawl all over Labour coming up with stories about the dreadful mishandling of bacon sandwiches and unsuitable wearing of jumpers. He, like the rest, will be toast. Media love-ins last as long as the dagger he's stuck in Corbyn's back.)
Meanwhile, back with the beeb, there is no question in my mind that a situation has been constructed so that the BBC can have some sort of scoop. He's 'their' resignation. I would be very interested to hear from other broadcasters (in front of behind the microphone) who think that this is appropriate or not. To my mind, I think it's completely inappropriate. It's halfway down the slippery slope of constructing news which journalists have been accused of e.g. handing rioters a stone and filming it.