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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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Ofcom chief '10/11 favourite' for BBC role

Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards is favourite to take over the role of BBC Director-General according to William Hill, which is offering odds of 10/11.

The bookmaker has caretaker boss Tim Davie in second spot with 2/1, former BBC Chief Operating Officer Caroline Thomson next with 5/2 and Tony Hall - Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House - in fourth with 5/1.

Jeremy Paxman is a rank outsider with odds of 100/1, William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.

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