Paxman expressed sympathy for treatment of Rippon

A now discredited blog posted by Newsnight editor Peter Rippon to clarify the decisions behind the Newsnight decision-making over its Savile investigation, prompted an exchange of emails with the show's presenter Jeremy Paxman, who pointed out it failed to address may of the issues.

The emails were released, as part of the BBC documents from the Pollard review made public today. But Mr Paxman went on to express his sympathies for the way the programme editor seemed to be carrying the can.

He wrote: "Just for the record I think it is very unfair (and sadly not at all untypical) that the BBC has dumped all this on one individual. It will pass. But I think the BBC's behaviour now is almost as contemptible as it was then."