The chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten has described the Jimmy Savile affair as "an appalling tsunami of horror" which he concedes the BBC is "at the centre" of.
He also admitted to ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning that he and other BBC bosses had given misleading statements.
Amid the fallout from the Jimmy Savile scandal the BBC is investigating nine allegations of sexual harassment among staff and contributors.
BBC boss George Entwistle has spent almost two hours taking questions from MPs about the corporation's handling of the Savile scandal.
Ex-BBC boss Mark Thompson has told ITV News he will help with any inquiry into the corporation and its handling of the Savile allegations.