PM: Lord Patten should remain as BBC Trust chair

Speaking after a meeting with Mario Monti in Italy, David Cameron said George Entwistle's BBC pay-off is "hard to justify".

He added that radical and urgent changes were required - but stressed that that should happen with Lord Patten remaining as chairman of the BBC Trust.

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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.