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Peter Rippon Newsnight silence

Peter Rippon, who stepped aside from his role as Newsnight editor after the programme decided not to run a report on Jimmy Savile's alleged sexual abuse, refused to comment on whether the BBC programme could survive.

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BBC Creative Director: 'We must prove we deserve the licence fee'

Speaking on the Newsnight programme BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob has said that the corporation can not be complacent and when asked about the licence fee he said, "we have to prove that we deserve it, we have to rebuild that trust."

I don't think we can be complacent about any of the events of the last few weeks. This has been a tumultuous few weeks and I think the consequence of the turmoil of the earlier part of this also led to these events on Newsnight in the last few weeks. The confusion the chain of command the fact that some people were acting [in their posts] and some people were having to step back because of the investigation.

– Alan Yentob, BBC Creative Director

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