Politicians and broadcasters have been full of praise for the former BBC political editor, who has died at 85 after a long illness.
The 1970s cult children's TV show the Clangers is set to return with a new series in 2015, the BBC has announced.
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The BBC Trust has said it stands by the "robust" conclusions of Nick Pollard's report into the dropped Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile after questions were raised about its validity.
But the BBC's governing body said it was a "mistake" for Mr Pollard not to include the claims of a letter, written by former BBC director of news Helen Boaden, which said she had informed then-director-general Mark Thompson the Newsnight report was looking into sex abuse allegations against Savile.
Earlier today, a phone recording was published in which Mr Pollard talks about why he did not include the claim in his report.
Mr Thompson, who is now chief executive of the New York Times, has always said he "took no part" in the decision to halt the Newsnight investigation.
The BBC's governing body has asked former news executive Nick Pollard for an explanation about a recording which has been published online in which he discusses his failure to include some evidence in his report into the Savile scandal.
In the phone recording he talks about why he did not include a claim by the BBC's former director of news Helen Boaden that she had informed then-director-general Mark Thompson that a proposed Newsnight report was looking into sex abuse allegations against late DJ Jimmy Savile.
Mr Pollard led a review into the sequence of events surrounding Newsnight's shelved report into Savile's activities which eventually led to a huge crisis at the corporation and the departure of a later director-general, George Entwistle, after only 54 days in the post.
The edited recording, which lasts more than five minutes, was posted on the Guido Fawkes political blog, includes former Sky News chief Mr Pollard explaining that he did not include Ms Boaden's claim in the report because he did not recognise its significance at the time.
An independent Scotland will create a new public service broadcaster, founded on the staff and assets of BBC Scotland, and funded by the current licence fee, the Scottish Government has said.
Its White Paper sets out plans to set up the Scottish Broadcasting Service (SBS), offering content for television, radio and online.
The new SBS will inherit a proportionate share of the BBC's commercial ventures totalling around £13 million as well as receiving licence fee revenue from Scotland to the tune of £320 million.
A formal relationship between the SBS and the BBC is proposed where SBS will continue to supply the BBC with programming in return for access to BBC services across Scotland.
Geordie duo Ant and Dec will be the final castaways on this year's Desert Island Discs - the first time two guests have appeared together on the show in more than 25 years.
The pair, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, are presenting ITV's I'm A Celebrity ...Get Me Out Of Here! and will be on the Radio 4 show on Sunday December 29.
The last time the studio hotseat was shared between two people was in 1987 when Spitting Image creators Fluck and Law were sent to the desert island together.
Ant and Dec, who first met when they worked as child actors on the BBC show Byker Grove, have gone on to host some of the country's most popular shows including Britain's Got Talent and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
When they appear on Desert Island Discs, they will choose two tracks each and four together and will be allowed a luxury item and a book each.
Former ITN Political Editor Michael Brunson has said he was in "awe" of his BBC counterpart John Cole during their years reporting from Westminster.
He explained how his "fierce rival", who has died at the age of 85, was able to gain such good access to the corridors of power.
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has added his tribute to BBC broadcaster John Cole, who has died at the age of 85 after a long illness.
The statement from Mr Brown said: "John Cole was the soft-spoken giant of journalism whose friendly manner and unimpeachable integrity allowed him to ask the difficult questions that got to the heart of an issue.
"Respected by all, he leaves a great legacy of writing and commentating which will serve the test of time."
The BBC's Director-General Tony Hall has paid tribute to the former BBC Political Editor John Cole.
"Everybody wanted to know what John Cole thought about what was happening in the world of politics. He took us through an extraordinary period of the Thatcher government," he said.
"People loved him and wanted to hear what he had to say," he added.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has paid tribute to BBC broadcaster John Cole, saying that when he "spoke, everyone listened."
– Former prime minister Sir John Major
John Cole was one of the finest political correspondents of my lifetime, and a real credit to his profession. When John spoke, everyone listened.
He was always well-informed, balanced - and trustworthy - and set the bar very high for all who followed.
My thoughts and sympathy are with his family.
My generation grew up watching John Cole. He conveyed the drama and importance of politics. Many condolences to his family.