BBC N Ireland boss involved in Newsnight story decision

The BBC confirms that Peter Johnston, the director of BBC Northern Ireland, was involved in decisions on the Newsnight report. He will be a key figure on who gave the OK to run the story that wrongly implicated the Conservative peer Lord McAlpine.


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.