Peter Rippon Newsnight silence

Peter Rippon, who stepped aside from his role as Newsnight editor after the programme decided not to run a report on Jimmy Savile's alleged sexual abuse, refused to comment on whether the BBC programme could survive.

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BBC's Executive Board to take action following report

In a statement, the BBC's Executive Board has stated it will be taking a number of actions, following the findings of the MacQuarrie report. They are:

  • To address the lack of clarity around the senior editorial chain of command, a decision has been taken to re-establish a single management to deal with all output, Savile related or otherwise, as announced earlier today.
  • To address the pressure on the Newsnight team, Karen O’Connor has agreed to take on the role of Acting Editor of Newsnight.
  • We will now embark on a disciplinary process where appropriate. Clearly we will not discuss the details of these individual cases.
  • We will as a matter of urgency fill the current vacancy for a Non-Executive Director of the BBC with a senior external figure with a proven track record of overseeing journalism.

MacQuarrie report finds 'unacceptable failings'

BBC Scotland Director, Ken MacQuarrie, was asked to investigate the circumstances and editorial failings around an edition of BBC Newsnight, which made false sex abuse claims against a Conservative peer. A summary of the report findings have been released.

Responding to the findings, the BBC Executive Board said:

The failings identified by Mr MacQuarrie are unacceptable, and the Executive Board is taking clear and decisive action, as set out below, to restore public trust in the BBC’s journalism. The Executive Board thanks Mr MacQuarrie for undertaking his report quickly.


Newsnight abuse report inquiry: 'Basic checks not done'

The BBC's political correspondent Ross Hawkins has been tweeting the findings of the MacQuarrie report, set up to investigate the decision to broadcast a Newsnight programme that made false sex abuse claims against a Conservative peer:


BBC MacQuarrie report on Newsnight Nov 2 story: ambiguity around who was taking the ultimate editorial responsibility for the report


More MacQuarrie on Newsnight: some of the basic journalistic checks were not completed


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