Bbc's Current Head: Savile Expose Should Have Aired

The current director general of the BBC has acknowledged that a planned report on its Newsnight program in which women accused a popular BBC host of sexually abusing them when they were children should have gone ahead. George Entwistle, appointed to the top BBC position last month, told a Parliamentary committee today (Tuesday) that after watching Monday night's Panorama documentary about how the report about Jimmy Savile was spiked, I came away ... firmly of the view that that the investigation ... should have been allowed to continue. He later added, On the basis of what I now know I am surprised nothing further happened with it. The Panorama report detailed the frustrations of Newsnight reporter Liz MacKean and her producer, Meirion Jones, as the story they were developing about Savile encountered resistance from Newsnight's editor, Peter Rippon, who eventually ordered to halt it. There was clearly some good journalistic material here, Entwistle said. Rippon stepped down as the program's editor over the weekend after a statement he posted on the program's blog was attacked as inaccurate. Corrections to the blog post were posted on Monday. I was very disappointed indeed to find out the blog turned out to be as inaccurate as it did, of course I was, Entwistle said in his testimony. He further disclosed that the BBC's own investigation of the allegations go beyond Savile's alleged misconduct. He said that it is also looking into allegations of sexual abuse involving 8-10 other past and present BBC employees. He called it a gravely serious matter. But critics have demanded an independent investigation of the role of BBC senior executives who reportedly were aware of allegations about Savile's behavior with girls who visited him in his BBC dressing room and at charity affairs but who apparently chose to ignore them. There is no question that what Jimmy Savile did and the way the BBC behaved ... will raise questions of trust for us and reputation for us, Entwistle told the committee.





Contactmusic

Tags: The View


Editors Recommendations

MS MR Admit They're 'Natural Performers' As They Enjoy 2014's Festival Season

Some bands are worth getting excited about and, with the festival season well under way...

MS MR Admit They're 'Natural Performers' As They Enjoy 2014's Festival Season

Miley Cyrus Forced To Cancel More 'Bangerz' Tour Dates As She Remains Hospitalized

Miley Cyrus is still receiving hospital treatment for "severe allergic reaction...

Miley Cyrus Forced To Cancel More 'Bangerz' Tour Dates As She Remains Hospitalized

Peaches Geldof Will Be Laid To Rest In Same Church As Late Mother

Peaches Geldof, who suddenly died at the beginning of this month (April 7th)...

Peaches Geldof Will Be Laid To Rest In Same Church As Late Mother

Gwen Stefani To Step In For Christina Aguilera On "The Voice"

We never would have pegged Gwen Stefani as the reality talent panelist type...

Gwen Stefani To Step In For Christina Aguilera On

Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help "X-Men" Marketing

As X-Men director Bryan Singer is gearing up for his defense case, which he will have...

Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

Prince and Warner Bros, Records seem to have put their differences aside...

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

Lindsay Lohan really did write down her now infamous list of lovers, which has been...

Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

The news that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is definitely in the works 21 years after the 1993...

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga "Hardest Artists To Understand"

Music fans have named Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna in their top ten hardest...

Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga


More recommendations

Comments

The View Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on The View

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All