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Paxman 'struck' by explanation for shelving progamme

Jeremy Paxman told the Pollard review he was "struck" by the words Newsnight editor Peter Rippon used when he told him the Savile report would not be running.

He said: "...What struck me about it was his reply when I mentioned the reasons. He said: 'I'm sorry, I just can't do this'. And I thought that was a very, very unusual word to use, 'can't'...I didn't say 'what do you mean can't?' Someone has told you that you can't or you physically can't face it?

"Now I think there - my suspicion is that there may well have been an element of both."

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Acting director-general: BBC 'open and transparent'

Acting BBC director-general Tim Davie. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Acting BBC director-general Tim Davie said: "The BBC has been open and transparent in its handling of this unhappy chapter in our history. It has not been an entirely comfortable process for us to go through but it is right that we did it this way.

"It is important that the BBC now moves forward with the lessons learned and continues to regain the public's trust."

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BBC Savile tribute page comments were removed

A BBC tribute page to Jimmy Savile had comments left by viewers removed by moderators, the revelations published today showed.

Jimmy Savile pictured in 2000. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

A transcript of the interview between Pollard and the former director-general George Entwistle refers to examples of the comments including one person who wrote: "One of my best friends in 1972 was molested by this creep Savile. He was never the same again.

"Killed himself in 1985. How's About That Then?"

Another person wrote: "He was a paedophile. You may not like the truth but he was. It will all tumble out now."

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Paxman: We made a problem 'running away' from Savile story

The BBC has released 19 witness statements into the Jimmy Savile investigation, including Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman who said: "I have to say, I think we make a problem for ourselves by running away from this story."

Jeremy Paxman. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

He added: "We wouldn't even tackle a b***** story that was about our own programme. This is pathetic."

To read the statements, click here

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BBC journalists' strike expected to last 24 hours

BBC journalists striking over redundancies being made across the corporation are expected to last for up to 24 hours.

A picket line outside the Hull newsroom began at 10am and is expected to last until 2pm. Many more picket lines outside BBC newsrooms across the country are happening simultaneously.

The strike is as a result of negotiations about jobs and contracts between the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the corporation falling down. The NUJ announced the stike date last Friday.

After months of negotiations with BBC Scotland management, NUJ reps fighting to secure the jobs of nine of their colleagues discovered that six jobs were being externally advertised, offering six-month contracts to journalists who do not work for the corporation. The BBC is prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies rather than secure redeployment opportunities for those at risk. This demonstrates the significant failures of some managers to uphold key aspects of the redeployment agreement, let alone the spirit of the deal.

– Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary
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Reporters blast BBC over shelving of Savile Newsnight investigation

Two of the reporters who worked on the original investigation in to Jimmy Savile for Newsnight have spoken outside of the BBC.

Both Liz Mackean and Meirion Jones issued very strong statements criticising the BBC. Ms Mackean said the BBC breached duty to women who said Savile a paedophile.

Mr Jones said that last Christmas the BBC knew that Savile was a paedophile yet decided to run tribute programmes.

He added: "I hope the BBC takes measures to make sure nothing like that will ever happen again".

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