Tory politician at centre of children's homes abuse claims

A former senior Conservative politician has been accused of abusing young boys during the 1970s, in allegations linked to widespread abuse in children's homes in North Wales.

Hidden scandal: Jimmy Savile, when he was made OBE in 1972

'Savile assaulted me in his room at Stoke Mandeville'

Further allegations of sexual assault were made against Jimmy Savile last night, as yet more women came forward to say that they had been attacked by the former television star.

Mark Thompson is due to take over as the new chief executive of the New York Times

New York Times columnist attacks former BBC head Mark Thompson over Savile - even though he's due to be the new boss

Further doubts have been expressed about whether former BBC director-general Mark Thompson is a suitable figure to take over as the new chief executive of the New York Times (NYT) in an opinion piece published by the paper.

Keep some perspective, this Savile crisis isn't the worst to hit the BBC

Remember the dispute that laid bare decisions that took the country to war?

The director of BBC News, Helen Boaden, with Jimmy Savile

BBC Director-General George Entwistle 'tried to move Helen Boaden from news department'

George Entwistle, the BBC Director-General, tried to shake up the journalism culture at the BBC by offering the Corporation's Director of News Helen Boaden a fresh role in radio – but she turned the job down, prior to the outbreak of the crisis over Jimmy Savile, The Independent has been told.

John Walsh: Sins you get away with – and those you don't

My friend Mary Killen, who writes the "Dear Mary" etiquette column for The Spectator, received a real chin-stroker in the post this week. "Now that Conrad Black is out of prison," writes her correspondent, "is it acceptable for me to invite him to lunch at my club?"

Director of Public Prosecutions confirms urgent investigation into failure to prosecute Jimmy Savile over child abuse allegations

Mr Starmer will examine why the Crown Prosecution Service failed to act on evidence about Savile’s activities passed to it in 2009 by Surrey Police

Mark Thompson may not be right person to run New York Times, says senior editor

A senior New York Times editor has voiced concerns about Mark Thompson, the paper's incoming chief executive and former BBC boss, who was in charge when Newsnight shelved a report into sexual abuse claims against Jimmy Savile.

Savile investigation: appointment of Legal firm linked to BBC questioned

Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has been asked to reconsider the decision to appoint a legal firm that works for the BBC as the secretariat for the broadcaster's independent inquiries relating to sex abuse by Jimmy Savile.

George Entwistle told MPs today that the culture and practices and the BBC had allowed Jimmy Savile to get away with child abuse

'A busy lunch': Director-General stuns MPs with excuse for his ignorance over Savile investigation

George Entwistle blames his colleagues – and confirms nine more claims of sexual abuse at BBC

Conservative MP becomes first politician to suggest senior BBC figures may have to resign over Savile abuse scandal

Sir Roger Gale said George Entwistle and Lord Patten may have to 'fall on their swords'

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.

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French chefs campaign against bullying

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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