BBC Director-General George Entwistle told ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning that he did know that Newsnight was looking into Jimmy Savile, but not that there were allegations of sexual abuse involved.
"I did not know what aspect of Jimmy Savile they were looking into," he said.
"I had no idea of the strength of any information they might have or allegations they were dealing with."
Several of Sir Jimmy Savile's alleged victims are considering taking legal action against the DoH and the BBC, a lawyer has told ITV News.
BBC director-general George Entwistle offered a "profound and heartfelt apology" to the alleged victims of Sir Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse.
BBC chief tells ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning he is satisfied with how the broadcaster reacted to the allegations against Jimmy Savile.