Paxman slammed Savile inquiry

The BBC has published witness statements from the inquiry into why a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile was shelved. The documents reveal presenter Jeremy Paxman's criticisms of the decision to drop the story and of the inquiry.

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Paxman: 'You are conducting this in a ridiculous fashion'

In transcripts of interviews, conducted by the Pollard review and released by the BBC, Jeremy Paxman tells the inquiry: "You are conducting this in such a ridiculous fashion."

He goes on to say it was "common gossip" that Jimmy Savile like young girls, adding: "But I had no evidence of it, and I never saw anything that made me take it more seriously than it being common gossip."

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