Fincham will quit if asked

But BBC1 controller thinks it unlikely

BBC1 controller Peter Fincham has said that he will resign over the growing royal documentary row if he is criticized by BBC director general Mark Thompson in an investigation of the matter (HR 7/16).

Speaking on the BBC news program "Newsnight," he said that he thought resignation would be a "disproportionate" response for showing reporters footage from a forthcoming docu, incorrectly edited to show the queen storming out of a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz.

But he conceded that if he lost Thompson's confidence in the matter, he would have no choice but to quit.

The controversy began Wed-nesday at the BBC1 fall- season launch hosted by Fincham. The former Talkback Thames CEO led the launch with footage from the forthcoming docu "A Year With the Queen."

The BBC was later forced to admit that a scene in which the queen seems to be complaining to her retainer about a Liebovitz request had been filmed before, not after, the photo shoot.

The pubcaster has issued a statement saying that producer RDF Media had taken the blame for the incident and that Fincham had acted "in good faith."