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BBC Savile costs swell to £7m

The BBC continues to feel the strain of the Jimmy Savile scandal after it revealed that Dame Janet Smith’s inquiry into the disgraced presenter has racked-up another £2m in costs.

Dame Janet Smith

Dame Janet Smith review delayed by police request

The publication of Dame Janet Smith’s Jimmy Savile inquiry has been delayed until the middle of 2014 amid concerns it could compromise criminal proceedings against Stuart Hall.

Dame Janet Smith

BBC ‘turned blind eye’ to Savile abuse

The BBC is to be accused of turning a blind eye to the sexual assault of up to 1,000 children on its premises, according to a report.

Dame Janet Smith

BBC Savile review put back to 2014

Dame Janet Smith’s review into sexual harassment at the BBC during Jimmy Savile’s tenure will not be finalised until the end of January 2014.


Paxman nearly quit Newsnight over Savile scandal

Jeremy Paxman has admitted that he came close to quitting Newsnight at the height of the Jimmy Savile scandal last year.



Why are we surprised by Jimmy?

Savilegate is shocking but celebrity hedonism is alive and well, says Steven D Wright

BBC must shed its straitjacket


Process and bureaucracy prevented Entwistle knowing the facts, says editor Lisa Campbell.

Savile: BBC must reveal truth


Openness must prevail if BBC is to draw a firm line under scandal

Jimmy Savile

BBC reveals cost of Savile scandal

The financial damage of the Jimmy Savile scandal to the BBC was laid bare on Tuesday after the corporation revealed it has spent £5.3m to date on separate inquiries relating to the late star’s reign of abuse.

Lord McAlpine

BBC foots Lord McAlpine legal bill

The BBC has agreed to pay Lord McAlpine a further £117,000 in legal costs after an erroneous Newsnight report implicated the Tory peer in child abuse claims.

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Savile victims to sue the BBC

As many as eight victims of alleged sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile are to sue the BBC for compensation.

Dame Janet Smith

Interviews underway for BBC sexual harassment inquiry

Dame Janet Smith has begun interviewing witnesses for her inquiry into the BBC’s culture and practices on sexual harassment in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The Tweenies

CBeebies' Jimmy Savile gaffe draws complaints

Over 200 viewers have complained to the BBC and regulator Ofcom after CBeebies broadcast a repeat of The Tweenies which featured a Jimmy Savile spoof.

Gavin Esler

Esler: McAlpine report "would embarrass a student journalist"

Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler has branded the programme’s report that led to the linking of Lord McAlpine with child abuse claims as an “abominable” error “that would embarrass a student journalist”.

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Klein hints at pulling TOTP

Archive editions of Top of the Pops face an uncertain future on BBC4, with controller Richard Klein admitting that “no decision” has been made on whether to screen the 1978 editions of the music show.

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ITV plans second Savile doc

ITV is planning a second documentary on Jimmy Savile just weeks after its original investigation prompted a media storm about the former Top of the Pops star.

George Entwistle

BBC holds fire on top roles amid Savile row

The BBC is unlikely to have a permanent director of television or radio until 2013 as the Jimmy Savile scandal engulfs the corporation.

Mark Byford

Will Wyatt weighs into Savile scandal

Former BBC Television managing director Will Wyatt has said that the Savile affair would not have escalated if former deputy director-general Mark Byford had been in his job and able to sort out problems earlier.

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Children in Need banned Jimmy Savile

Sir Roger Jones, a former BBC governor and Children in Need chairman, has claimed that he refused to let Jimmy Savile “anywhere near” the charity after suspecting he abused young people.

Jimmy Savile

BBC opens Savile culture and practices inquiry

The BBC has today opened an inquiry into its culture and practices at the time Jimmy Savile allegedly sexually abused young people.

Adrian Van Klaveren

5 Live boss to oversee BBC News' Savile coverage

BBC Radio 5 Live controller Adrian Van Klaveren is to replace Peter Horrocks as the de-facto editor of the corporation’s news coverage on the Jimmy Savile scandal.


Savile pressure boils over at BBC

The pressure of dealing with the Jimmy Savile scandal has boiled over with a full-scale argument in the BBC newsroom and Lord Patten admitting the affair has done “terrible damage” to the corporation.

George Entwistle

Unasked questions haunt DG

Entwistle ‘disappointed’ by Rippon blog as chain-of-command defence puts focus on Boaden


Savile saga exposes BBC factions

The failure of BBC2’s Newsnight to run its investigation into Jimmy Savile has exposed the divisions and faultlines within the programme and affected morale within BBC News, sources have alleged.


Timeline: how a TX u-turn threw the BBC into a public crisis

All the key dates in the Savile scandal


Savile investigation was 'pitched' to Panorama

The cannibalism within the BBC took a further twist today with former Today editor Kevin Marsh revealing that the Savile story was pitched to Panorama on the same day as Newsnight.

Emma Swain

Emma Swain contacts suppliers over Savile

BBC controller of Knowledge commissioning Emma Swain has emailed the BBC’s suppliers urging them to pass any information they receive about Jimmy Savile to the BBC or the police where appropriate.

Lord Patten

MP calls for Lord Patten and George Entwistle to resign

Conservative MP and former BBC staffer Sir Roger Gale has become the first high profile politician to suggest that the BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten and the corporation’s director-general George Entwistle may have to resign.

Maria Miller

Rippon's "impossible" demands; Maria Miller writes to BBC Trust

Further insight into Peter Rippon’s decision to drop Newsnight’s Jimmy Savile film have emerged, as culture secretary Maria Miller writes to BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten for reassurance about how the Trust will handle the investigations.

George Entwistle

George Entwistle points finger at Peter Rippon

BBC director general George Entwistle has told MPs that the decision not to proceed with the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile was taken solely by the programme’s editor Peter Rippon, whose failure to give an accurate version of events in his blog was “a matter of regret and embarrassment”.

David Jordan

BBC hires human rights lawyer for harassment probe

The BBC is hiring human rights lawyer Dinah Rose QC to examine its procedures on handling sexual harassment complaints.

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Savile film propels Panorama to two year high

A Panorama special on the BBC Jimmy Savile scandal was watched by an average of 5.09m becoming the highest rating programme in the strand for the last two years.

Tim Davie

Tim Davie de-facto DG for Savile scandal

Tim Davie, the incoming chief executive of BBC Worldwide, is acting as a de-facto director general on the subject of Jimmy Savile and the axed Newsnight Investigation.

New Tricks

Savile scandal scuppers New Tricks

The BBC has revealed the latest casualty from the Jimmy Savile scandal now engulfing the Corporation – tonight’s controversial episode of its hit drama New Tricks has been pulled.

Peter Rippon

BBC: Rippon's Savile blog was wrong

The BBC has said that a blog post by Newsnight editor Peter Rippon was inaccurate in three key respects, and wrongly claimed that the programme had no new information that would have helped police.

Jimmy Savile

Panorama to stoke Savile controversy

Tonight’s Panorama is set to heap more pressure on the BBC by calling into question George Entwistle’s handling of the Jimmy Savile crisis and revealing “the inside story” behind the shelving of the Newsnight investigation.

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BBC lines up Savile Panorama for Monday

The BBC is aiming to get its Jimmy Savile Panorama investigation on air by Monday - just a day before George Entwistle is due to be questioned by MPs.

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Former Sky News head and judge lead Savile inquiries

The former head of Sky News Nick Pollard and former High Court judge Dame Janet Smith are to lead the BBC reviews into the broadcaster’s handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

George Entwistle

Entwistle to face MPs over Savile

BBC director general George Entwistle is to appear before MPs next week to answer questions on the Jimmy Savile scandal and Newsnight’s abandoned investigation into the star.

Jimmy Savile

BBC faces Savile legal action

A number of women abused by Jimmy Savile on BBC premises are preparing to launch legal action against the broadcaster.


BBC to launch two reviews into Savile allegations

The BBC is to hold two independent reviews into the Jimmy Savile allegations: first into management’s handling of the shelved Newsnight investigation, and second into the culture of the BBC both at the time and now.

Jimmy Savile

BBC to question Newsnight staff over Jimmy Savile

The Jimmy Savile scandal continues to engulf the BBC as it has ordered an informal review of Newsnight’s decision to shelve an investigation into the Jim’ll Fix It host.

The X Factor

Saturday duel is back on

ITV1’s X Factor takes first round against BBC1’s Strictly as the annual PR battle gets under way

Daisy Goodwin

Women claim sexist culture was “endemic”

Women in TV describe sexist climate as BBC comes under fire over Jimmy Savile allegations

Chris Patten

BBC Trust demands "gold standard" of child protection

The BBC Trust has called on the corporation to prove that it has “gold standard” child protection policies in the wake of the Jimmy Savile allegations - and robust measures in place to avoid a culture of fear in speaking out about inappropriate practices.


Rantzen: Savile proves need for whistle-blowing system

Esther Rantzen, the TV presenter and founder of Childline, has called on the TV industry to establish a workable framework to allow whistle-blowers to complain about bullying and harassment in the wake of the Jimmy Savile revelations.

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Panorama Savile doc to scrutinise current presenters

The BBC’s Panorama team is understood to be broadening out its investigation of Jimmy Savile to look at the conduct of BBC presenters past and present.

gGeorge Entwistle

BBC to investigate Savile claims

The BBC will investigate the claims being made against the late presenter Jimmy Savile once a police investigation has been completed, the Corporation’s director-general George Entwistle has promised.

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Entwistle vows to leave “no stone unturned” in Savile probe

BBC director general George Entwistle has said the corporation will leave “no stone unturned” as its helps police investigate the Jimmy Savile sexual assault allegations.

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Jimmy Savile doc draws 1.71m

ITV1’s investigative journalism strand Exposure attracted its biggest audience ever with its focus on Jimmy Savile.

Shane Richie hosts Jim'll Fix It

BBC1's Jim’ll Fix It revival shelved prior to abuse allegations

BBC1’s plans to revive Jim’ll Fix as a full series were shelved before the recent allegations of sexual abuse against Jimmy Savile, it has emerged.

Sir Jimmy Savile

BBC to support Jimmy Savile probe

The BBC has offered its “full support” to police investigating allegations that Sir Jimmy Savile sexually abused teenage girls.

Banaz: A Love Story

Exposure to highlight story of Banaz and Savile expose

Documentary Banaz: A Love Story will be reversioned for ITV1’s investigative journalism strand, Exposure, along with a film investigating allegations of child abuse by broadcaster Jimmy Savile.