Source: Yahoo News
BBC ‘In Crisis’ Over Jimmy Savile Scandal
The BBC is said to be facing “its worst crisis for 50 years”, as a documentary lifts the lid on the extent to which senior managers of the corporation were aware of the Jimmy Savile abuse claims.
A special edition of Panorama reveals fresh evidence about what the BBC knew of Savile’s decades of child abuse and its investigation into why Newsnight spiked its probe into the scandal, sparking allegations of a cover-up.
The BBC flagship programme, which airs tonight, examines why corporation chiefs – including the Director General – gave different explanations why Newsnight was dropped and what it was about.
Newsnight editor Peter Rippon maintains the piece – which was due to run last December – was pulled for editorial reasons, and not because the potentially damaging revelations coincided with a planned tribute to the star.
But the hour-long documentary will hear from Newsnight producer Meirion Jones and reporter Liz MacKean, who both claim they had interviewed at least four alleged victims of Savile – and confirmed with Surrey Police that they had investigated sex abuse complaints against the Jim’ll Fix It star in 2007.
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