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.
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."
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."
Acting BBC Director General Tim Davie has arrived at Broadcasting House ahead of the release of transcripts of the corporation's internal inquiry into its handling of the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile, which was shelved in 2011 and the aftermath.
The BBC will make public today transcripts from the Pollard Report which looked at the way the corporation handled the shelving of a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile. Sections of the transcripts are expected to be censored.