The BBC Director General George Entwistle will appear in front of MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport committee next Tuesday to answer questions over the corporation's handling of abuse allegations about Sir Jimmy Savile .
Mr Entwistle was due to speak to the committee before the end of the year but the BBC has offered to bring his appearance forward in light of the allegations. It is understood Mr Entwistle will be asked why it appears the corporation took so long to recognise the seriousness of the allegations, why its Newsnight investigation was dropped and if its inquiries will be transparent.
The offer to speak to MPs came as Culture Secretary Maria Miller answered questions on the issue in the Commons. In her address to MPs, the Cultural Secretary said the Newsnight programme carrying the allegations against Sir Jimmy Savile was "inappropriately pulled" by the BBC.
Aides to Culture Secretary Maria Miller later said she had misspoken and did not intend to accuse the BBC of inappropriately pulling the Newsnight report into Sir Jimmy Savile. She had meant to say was it was an allegation.
Miller later took to Twitter to clear up the error:
Sorry if #Savile statement unclear. Referring to *allegations* that Newsnight item was pulled inappropriately. Not prejudging BBC inquiry.
– The Department of Culture, Media and Sport
The Secretary of State has not prejudged the outcome of the BBC’s investigation into the pulling of a Newsnight item on Savile.
As the Secretary of State made clear in the House, it is for the BBC, not ministers, to investigate these allegations.
ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning reports: