Savile review witness plea

The Dame Janet Smith Review - established by the BBC to conduct a review of the culture and practices of the corporation during the years that Jimmy Savile worked there - is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Edwina Currie says she has 'nothing to hide' on Savile

Former health minister Edwina Currie
Former health minister Edwina Currie Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former health minister Edwina Currie has said she has "nothing to hide" regarding her role in giving Sir Jimmy Savile a role at Broadmoor Hospital in 1988.

Mrs Currie said that notes on links between Savile and Broadmoor were in the archives.

She told the BBC: "The Department of Health is currently digging them out...it goes back at least 25 years, even 30 years and isn't just to do with me at all.

"But as and when documents do surface, they should be published in full.

"I have nothing to hide."

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Report: Newsnight journalist: 'BBC in Savile cover-up'

The Independent reports that senior Newsnight journalist Liz MacKean has warned the Director General of the BBC that the corporation is involved in a "concerted effort" to cover up the decisions which saw an investigation in to Jimmy Savile shelved.

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The Independent front page
The Independent front page Credit: The Independent

The story due to run on the front page of the paper tomorrow claims that Ms MacKean has tried to speak to George Entwistle about her concerns but that he has failed to respond.

Greg Dyke: 'BBC should have explained why it dropped Newsnight report'

Former BBC director-general Greg Dyke has criticised the corporation's response to the Jimmy Savile scandal.

He said the BBC should "have moved very quickly" to explain why a Newsnight report about allegations of sexual abuse by the late DJ was dropped and should have taken part in an ITV documentary to explain their actions.

Giving a lecture at Kingston University's Business School, he said:

"Someone had to explain why they took a decision not to do it because otherwise it left them looking suspicious and it looked like they'd been leaned on because the BBC wanted to run two specials about Jimmy Savile, which I don't believe would have happened."

Mr Dyke said: "And of course, nobody came on from the BBC and that was a big mistake. Someone should have gone on and said 'These are the editorial reasons'."

Others named in Savile investigation

by - Former UK Editor

The sheer scale of number of victims could almost be called unbelievable, but police are making it clear they have no reason to disbelieve them.

What started from the ITV documentary when five women came forward, then ballooned to twenty last week, then sixty, and now two hundred possible victims.

Speaking to some of the organisations, they have been taking calls from people who have been naming other people, talking about other people who worked at the BBC at the same time as Savile.

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