Peter Rippon, the Newsnight editor that Panorama is accusing of being leant on has stepped down. With the growing scandal, it looks unlikely he will be coming back. The BBC have just put out the following statement:
The BBC has launched an independent review, led by former Head of Sky News Nick Pollard, to determine whether there were any failings in the BBC’s management of the Newsnight investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of children by Jimmy Savile.
However, on the basis of material available now, it is apparent from information supplied by the Newsnight editor and programme team – that the explanation in a blog by the editor of his decision to drop the programme’s investigation is inaccurate or incomplete in some respects.
By way of correction and clarification:
1.The blog says that Newsnight had no evidence that anyone from the Duncroft home could or should have known about the allegations. In fact some allegations were made (mostly in general terms) that some of the Duncroft staff knew or may have known about the abuse.
2. The blog says that Newsnight had no evidence against the BBC. No allegation was made to the programme that BBC staff were aware of Mr Savile’s alleged activities, but there were some allegations of abusive conduct on BBC premises.
3. The blog says that all the women spoken to by the programme had contacted the police independently already and that Newsnight had no new evidence against any other person that would have helped the police. It appears that in some cases women had not spoken to the police and that the police were not aware of all the allegations.
The BBC regrets these errors and will work with the Pollard review to assemble all relevant evidence to enable the review to determine the full facts.
Turns out it wasn’t one rogue journalist…