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Sir Jimmy Savile sporting his OBE after his investiture at Buckingham Palace in 1972

Jimmy Savile 'created his TV shows to gain access to children'

Jimmy Savile created his TV shows to gain access to children, Mark Williams-Thomas, the child protection expert and criminologist who helped expose the late entertainer as a paedophile, has said.

All change at top of BBC – for now – in the director merry-go-round

At least a dozen senior BBC executives have left or changed their roles as a result of the abuse scandal.

Tim Davie spent his first day setting out his credentials

New Broadcasting House the latest media circus as BBC becomes the story

“The BBC is reeling from a crisis of its own making,” intoned Nick Higham, the BBC News correspondent. And with its officer class decimated, the Corporation devoted its energies to crawling over the minutiae of developments on a rolling BBC News loop.

Acting BBC director-general Tim Davie spends first day setting out his credentials for taking the job full-time

Tim Davie, also a habitué of extreme marathons, may cope with the pressures of the job rather better than his predecessor

Sally Bercow has apologised for tweets about Lord McAlpine

Twitter users face possible lawsuits over defamatory Lord McAlpine tweets

Twitter users who wrongly suggested that Lord McAlpine was a paedophile could be sued even if they didn’t have any followers, experts said after it emerged that the former politician was considering libel action.

A Broadcasting House screen shows the BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, both of whom have ‘stepped aside’

'Basic journalistic checks were not carried out': BBC begins disciplinary proceedings over 'unacceptable failings' by staff

The BBC has begun disciplinary proceedings against its own staff after admitting that “basic journalistic checks were not carried out” by its flagship programme Newsnight where “unacceptable failings” in editorial procedures led to the Tory grandee Lord McAlpine being falsely linked to a paedophile ring.

Don't let this feeding frenzy kill off Newsnight

We've forgotten the real story - and Newsnight's redeeming qualities

Helen Boaden with Jimmy Savile in 2006

Newsnight crisis: it is inconceivable that further heads will not roll

Ironically, the lack of checks on the McAlpine might be helpful to some top BBC figures, but they're far from in the clear yet.

Former BBC director general Mark Thompson

The New York Times takes on new target: former BBC director general Mark Thompson

In its long and glorious history, The New York Times has challenged presidents, generals and dictators. At the moment, its journalists are taking on an unlikely figure: the newspaper's new chief executive.

The BBC chairman Chris Patten (left) has been commenting after last night's resignation of the BBC Director General George Entwistle (right)

More heads will roll at the BBC, says Lord Patten

No end to the bloodletting as chairman’s own job comes under pressure, while broadcaster refuses to name executive who signed off on Newsnight report

Mark Thompson is the incoming chief executive of The New York Times

Former BBC chief Mark Thompson starts new job at New York Times... with questions over Savile affair

Mark Thompson begins a new life as one of the US media’s most influential power-brokers this morning, hoping the scandal that lingers over his stewardship of the BBC will stay largely confined to the far side of the Atlantic.

Most child abuse occurs in the home and local community

Newsnight and the BBC might have screwed up, but the real victims of this are being forgotten - again

In a rush to condemn the BBC it seems one of the most horrendous cases of child abuse is being overlooked

Full text of letter from Lord Patten to BBC staff

Lord Patten wrote to BBC staff today, telling them in the letter that he still believed the corporation was the greatest broadcaster in the world. Here is the full text:

George Entwistle has resigned from the BBC

BBC chiefs debate Newsnight future

BBC bosses will today discuss the future of Newsnight, the chairman of the Corporation's Trust said.

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