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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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Former director general 'very saddened by recent events'

The BBC's former director general Mark Thompson said he was "very saddened by recent events" at the corporation but added he was "confident" the broadcaster would "regain the public's trust".

Mr Thompson, who started his role as New York Times' chief executive today, said the BBC crisis "would not affect" his new job.

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