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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: Part three

  • During the editorial decision-making process, some of the basic journalistic checks were not completed. Specifically, identification was not confirmed by photograph with the first victim. The second victim could not be traced in order to provide up to date corroboration.
  • Legal advice was sought. No right of reply was offered to the unnamed individual at the centre of the allegation.
  • There was a different understanding by the key parties about where the responsibility lay for the final editorial sign off for the story on the day.

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