Media and MPs 'want revenge' on BBC

Jonathan Dimbleby said the BBC has been unfairly attacked over the Jimmy Savile scandal by politicians and newspapers who "want revenge" on the corporation.

"Organisations that have come under flack recently such as newspapers and MPs want to get their revenge. They think the BBC is too smug and holier-than-thou," Dimbleby told the Times.

"But there is a disturbing relish in the way the critics have laid into the BBC, holding today's office-holders to account for what happened 30 years ago."