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George Entwistle, BBC Director-General, after his Select Committee appearance

Current BBC employees under investigation for sexual harassment, says Director-General admits

The head of the BBC was mocked by MPs over his lack of knowledge of the Jimmy Savile child-abuse scandal yesterday, as the organisation admitted that current employees and contributors are being investigated over nine fresh claims of sexual harassment, assault and inappropriate conduct.

Steve Richards: A cock-up but not a conspiracy

Not for the first time the BBC turns a manageable drama into an unmanageable crisis. The original allegation that senior managers organised a cover-up over Jimmy Savile because they were planning to broadcast a hagiography was absurd, wrong and could have been addressed easily.

Panorama, Jimmy Savile - What the BBC Knew: Only by further damaging its own reputation could the BBC even begin the process of mending it

"The Human Centipede in media form" was how the comedian David Schneider described it on Twitter – a recursive nightmare in which the BBC found itself investigating its own failure to investigate. "Normally we report the news rather than being the news," said Jeremy Paxman when doorstepped outside Newsnight's new offices in Broadcasting House. And at 10.30pm last night the centipede took its tightest twist yet, with Newsnight covering its own embarrassments on BBC2 while Panorama added to them on BBC1.

'Panorama has gone independent republic on this. There are old scores being settled'

As open warfare breaks out among BBC staff, Ian Burrell examines the divisions between its flagship news programmes

Editorial: Don't forget real villains of the Savile scandal

Barely a month into the job, the new Director-General of the BBC finds himself in serious trouble over claims that a flagship news programme dropped an investigation into allegations of sex abuse by the late Jimmy Savile because the Corporation was preparing a major Christmas tribute to the man who was once one of its most popular entertainers.

Full BBC statement on Newsnight editor Peter Rippon standing aside

The BBC has today issued a correction to the blog by the editor of Newsnight, Peter Rippon.

Questions of judgement: Peter Rippon, editor of 'Newsnight'

Panorama on Savile: 'No stone left unturned'

Pressure mounts on editor of 'Newsnight' over decision to drop report on abuse claims

George Entwistle
A popular choice as Director-General, the BBC careerist has been pitched into a news crisis that threatens his position.

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The investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile while he was working at the BBC took another twist today.

Police begin formal investigation into Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations after identifying more than 200 potential victims

Police have begun a formal criminal investigation into alleged child abuse by Jimmy Saville, which now includes other living people, Scotland Yard said today.

Jimmy Savile: Asked by the Radio 1 controller about the rumours, he is said to have replied: “That’s all nonsense.”

Independent Jimmy Savile investigation ruled out

Culture Secretary Maria Miller today dismissed calls for an independent inquiry into the Jimmy Savile scandal but took a swipe at the BBC for failing to broadcast its own television investigation into allegations against the presenter.

Growing pressure on the 'invisible man' who quashed the Newsnight report

The Newsnight editor who quashed the report into Sir Jimmy Savile’s criminal activities was under growing pressure today after failing to appear on his own programme to defend the decision.

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