Chairman: BBC must 'command credibility'

Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, has said the corporation must "command credibility" in how it deals with allegations over the Jimmy Savile abuse claims.

There will be a full police inquiry and we will encourage people to co-operate with it, and when that is completed, we will then look at the issues which still remain to be resolved in a way which will have to command credibility in the wider community.

Because the BBC exists above all on trust and the relationship between the wider public and the BBC itself.

Lord Patten has also said it was "no excuse to say 'that was then' in the 1960s, 70s and 80s and attitudes were different then."

It's no excuse to say, 'I'm sure the same thing used to happen with pop groups and others at the time'. Those things may be true but they don't provide an excuse.