Speaking about the redacting of material from the BBC transcripts released today, acting BBC Director General Tim Davie said this has been done following advice from external lawyers and not to protect the BBC:
In one email headed "Jimmy Savile - paedophile", BBC producer Meirion Jones, who was involved in establishing the axed Newsnight report, flagged up the idea of an investigation just hours after the presenter's death was announced.
He proposed the suggestion, possibly for Panorama, because he said some of the girls who had been molested by Savile were ready to talk about their experiences.
He wrote: "Some of the girls are now prepared to talk about this which might make a core to a film about what Jimmy Savile really got up to - and of course he's dead so he can't sue."
His emails also contain vivid transcripts of the sexual activities in which girls at Duncroft approved school - where Savile was a regular visitor - were encouraged to take part.
Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten has said the Pollard review transcripts made public today by the corporation paint a "very unhappy picture".
He said in statement: "These documents paint a very unhappy picture, but theBBC needs to be open - more open than others would be - in confronting thefacts that lie behind Nick Pollard's report.
"A limited amount of text has been blacked out for legal reasons, but no one could say that the effect has been to sanitise this material, which again puts a spotlight on some of our failings. We need to acknowledge these shortcomings and learn from them."
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."
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."
A BBC tribute page to Jimmy Savile had comments left by viewers removed by moderators, the revelations published today showed.
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."
Quite a lot of blacked out bits (redacted/censored) in Paxman's transcript. 8 out of 19 pages has info blacked out.
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."
He added: "We wouldn't even tackle a b***** story that was about our own programme. This is pathetic."
The BBC has published witness statements taken during the corporation's internal inquiry into the shelving of a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile.
Journalists from the BBC's regional newsroom in Leeds have joined a picket line outside the Corporation's studios in their protest against compulsory redundancies. Members of the NUJ are staging a 24 hour walkout which is disrupting both radio and TV programmes.