“I love the BBC and I am resigning because I want to protect it.” Andrew Gilligan, the journalist whose reporting sparked a battle over the BBC’s independence, resigned today.

“And now the second invasion of the Iraq war proceeds: the conquest of the British Broadcasting Corporation.” Investigative journalist Greg Palast writes that the Blair government’s attack on the BBC “portends darkness for journalists everywhere.”

WGBH has added Sesame Street to the portfolio of children’s programs it reps for national underwriting. WGBH’s Sponsorship Group for Public Television also seeks backing for Barney & Friends and Angelina Ballerina as well as the station’s own Arthur, Zoom and Between the Lions.

Anne Wood, creator of Teletubbies and now Boohbah always chooses “to go with the mind of a child and what the child needs” says PBS’s John Wilson in a Los Angeles Times interview. Wilson says that can lead to the “I don’t get it factor” with grownups. “But all you have to do is watch it with your own child a few times and you see that they do get it.”

As the crisis over the BBC deepened today, General Director Greg Dyke resigned. “I’ve sadly come to the conclusion that it will be hard to draw a line under this whole affair while I am still here,” he wrote in an e-mail to staff. Media analysts cautioned that the BBC’s editorial independence is in jeopardy in the Guardian.

A senior British judge criticized the BBC for its controversial report alleging that Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government “sexed up” its intelligence dossier on Iraqi weapons. BBC Director General Greg Dyke apologized for mistakes in the radio report, and BBC Chairman Gavyn Davies resigned. Reuters reports on the fallout. The Guardian breaks it all down into digestible bits in a special report.

NPR’s Nina Totenberg and her counterpart at the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse, were given exclusive early access to the papers of the late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, which go public March 4, Tony Mauro reported in Legal Times (via SPJ PressNotes).

House Commerce Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-La.) turned down the top movie industry lobbying job and is said to have a better offer from the drug industry, AP reported. Tauzin said he hasn’t taken the pharmaceutical lobbying job. The Baltimore Sun editorialized that Tauzin had put himself on the auction block and should resign his chairmanship or stop handling legislation involving prospective employers.

Minnesota Public Radio is selling a commercial AM station and its parent company is selling a radio network, reports AP, for a combined $10 million. Larry Bentson, who donated the AM station to MPR, told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal that he’s unhappy with the sale of WMNN.