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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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Key findings of the MacQuarrie report

  • This was a highly complex story that went from commission to transmission within a short period (Sunday, 28 October – Friday, 2 November)
  • The Newsnight editorial management structure had been seriously weakened since the Editor stood aside and one of the Deputy Editors left the organisation. The editorial leadership of the team was under very considerable pressure.

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