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Grayling: 'Savile culture should never have existed'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said he is not convinced by the case for an immediate judge-led inquiry of the kind Harriet Harman has proposed.

Mr Grayling told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: "There is always a danger if you set up a very substantial inquiry process of that kind that it takes much longer to get to the truth.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Credit: Press Association

"What should be happening right now first and we should be looking to see who is still around who was involved, and criminal proceedings should follow if people were guilty of participating in these offences alongside Jimmy Savile. That is of paramount importance."

Mr Grayling accepted that the case indicated that the authorities did not pay enough attention to the complaints of abuse victims in the past.

"I hope every single person in the law enforcement world today is accepting the fact that things went badly wrong and it should not happen again," he said.

Mr Grayling added: "Clearly what has happened is absolutely horrendous. It is shocking. There was clearly a culture that should never, ever, ever have been allowed to exist."


Harman calls for independent inquiry into Savile case

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has said there needs to be an over-arching independent inquiry into the Savile case.

Speaking to Andrew Marr on the BCC, she said too often the criminal justice system gave the victim the impression they would not be believed if they came forward with allegations of sexual abuse.

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman appearing on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show. Credit: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

Ms Harman said: "There are big lessons to be learned here...

"Not just for the BBC although the epicentre of it was at the BBC, but elsewhere because when something like this comes out, there is an assumption, 'how could we have gone astray from our normal policy that protecting vulnerable children must take priority over the rights of protecting adults'?

"That is not actually the situation because that is always under challenge. Just this month the law has been changed so if there is an allegation of a sex offence against a teacher, the teacher has anonymity right up until the moment of charge.

"That is based on an assumption that you have to protect the adult from false allegation. I think what we do is that we push to protect children but that is always resisted."

Lord Patten vows to get to the truth in Savile scandal

Lord Patten, who heads the BBC Trust, has pledged to get to get to the truth following the Jimmy Savile scandal, stating "our public expects no less".

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has written in the Mail on Sunday. Credit: Press Association

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Lord Patten says: "even those of us who weren't there are the inheritors of shame".

He adds: "Can it really be the case that no one knew what he was doing? Did some turn a blind eye to criminality? Did some prefer not to follow up their suspicions because of this criminal’s popularity and place in the schedules? Were reports of criminality put aside or buried?"

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Newsnight editor changed his mind on Savile a day after Christmas schedules were published

There was a crucial week at the end of November 2011:

On November 25th, Newsnight editor Peter Rippon sent an email saying he was still very enthusiastic about the investigation.

On 29th November, the BBC Christmas schedules were published.

On 30th November, Rippon sent another email to his team saying he'd had a change of heart and that he was no longer sure the story was strong enough to run.

On 1st December he pulled all editing on the programme entirely, effectively ending the project.

The question is: Did he feel he had to pull the programme because of the tribute programmes? Or was it because of the new information he was given the previous day by the reporter which made him question the project editorially?

The BBC said this will be examined in the investigation run by former head of Sky News Nick Pollard.


New York Times support for ex-BBC Director-General

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. the chairman of the company and publisher of The New York Times has voiced his support for Mark Thompson, the incoming president and chief executive, in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Mr Thompson was the Director-General when the Newsnight investigation in to Savile was shelved.

Mark Thompson before he left the BBC Credit: PA

In a letter to the Times staff Mr. Sulzberger said, "I want to address a topic that has been on many people’s minds. Mark has provided a detailed account of that matter, and I am satisfied that he played no role in the cancellation of the segment."

Mr. Sulzberger goes on to describe Mr Thompson as having, "high ethical standards and the ideal person to lead our Company."

Patten 'insisted' on Savile blog correction after learning of errors

BBC Trust chairman, Lord Patten, has told Radio 4's World at One programme that he insisted that Newsnight editor Peter Rippon's blog should be corrected after he was informed of its inaccuracies on Sunday.

He had previously supported Mr Rippon's explanation for dropping the programme's Jimmy Savile investigation.

He said:

Should I have disbelieved what a senior editor said? I have at a certain point to believe. I can't disbelieve everything that is said.

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