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Savile crisis exposed 'serious problems' at BBC

Nick Pollard has been speaking at a news conference following the publishing of his damning report into the BBC's handling of the Jimmy Savile investigation. Facing further questions, he told reporters:

  • There were "serious problems" all the way through the Jimmy Savile investigation and subsequent crisis.
  • He denied the crisis had shown the BBC was ungovernable.
  • A "breakdown in communication" stopped Peter Rippon's blog being corrected swiftly, which went all the way to the director general.
  • There exists no proof that Newsnight producer Meirion Jones leaked stories about the Savile story, despite staff at the BBC claiming he did. Mr Jones vehemently denies it.
  • Trust of BBC journalism remains "very high" despite the crisis and "any fall is temporary".