The new CEO of the New York Times and former Director General of the BBC can’t escape the scandal from the old country.
Mark Thompson has replied to a letter from Tory MP Rob Wilson confirming he will attend if asked. Thompson admits he knew the BBC were investigating Savile, but he’s already trying to pass the buck on to Entwistle:
“What did happen is that, at a drinks reception late last year, a journalist mentioned to me the existence of the investigation and said words to the effect of “you must be worried about the Newsnight investigation?” This was the first I had heard of the investigation…Although I recall hearing at the time of his death that BBC Television might do something (a tribute) about Jimmy Savile in due course, again I had not been briefed about the programmes themselves. I assume they were commissioned and broadcast by BBC Vision, the BBC’s television arm, in the usual way.”