Paxman slammed Savile inquiry

The BBC has published witness statements from the inquiry into why a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile was shelved. The documents reveal presenter Jeremy Paxman's criticisms of the decision to drop the story and of the inquiry.

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."

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Paxman: 'You are conducting this in a ridiculous fashion'

In transcripts of interviews, conducted by the Pollard review and released by the BBC, Jeremy Paxman tells the inquiry: "You are conducting this in such a ridiculous fashion."

He goes on to say it was "common gossip" that Jimmy Savile like young girls, adding: "But I had no evidence of it, and I never saw anything that made me take it more seriously than it being common gossip."

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Ex-Newsnight editor appointed to BBC archive role

Former Newsnight editor Peter Rippon has been appointed to a new role at the BBC -overseeing the online BBC News archive.

Former Newsnight editor Peter Rippon is to take on an archive role at the BBC. Credit: Rex Features

Rippon was at the helm when Newsnight dropped an investigation into disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile. He 'stepped aside' in October last year.

The BBC reports the former editor will help to build a public record of the corporation's television and radio journalism over 80 years. He will take up the post - in London - from February 25.

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