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Newsnight fiasco: How events unfolded

25 November 2011 Newsnight editor Peter Rippon gives the all-clear for investigation into claims that Jimmy Savile abused children.

Editorial: A necessary sacrifice

We should not allow the BBC’s shame to distract us from the important point

BBC staff may face action as director general George Entwistle says he was NOT aware of Newsnight's report

BBC staff were tonight facing the prospect of disciplinary action amid growing anger over the broadcast of child abuse allegations which appears to have led to a former senior Conservative being falsely implicated.

BBC's freelance stars' estimated earnings

The Deloitte review found the BBC pays £150,000 or more a year to 124 stars using public service companies.

Twenty current BBC staff facing internal allegations of sexual misconduct following Jimmy Savile revelations

Twenty current BBC staff are facing internal allegations of sexual misconduct following the Jimmy Savile revelations, the corporation said today.

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

Is 'something strange' going on at the BBC?

ITV sent letter to BBC chiefs detailing allegations of abuse by Savile, weeks before TV exposé

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.

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

Police 'did not link' Jimmy Savile claims

Abuse allegations made against Jimmy Savile while he was alive could have been linked to show “a pattern of behaviour”, Scotland Yard's commissioner said today.

Danny Rogers on PR: A scandal not only of the BBC's making

“This is the worst crisis in 50 years at the BBC”. That was the splash headline of this newspaper exactly a week ago. It was a direct quote from John Simpson, the BBC's foreign editor. It now looks like hyperbole.

The comedian Freddie Starr with his pregnant partner Sophie Lea

Freddie Starr prepared to speak to police over claims he groped Savile's victim

The comedian Freddie Starr has offered to become the first household name to be questioned by police over sexual abuse allegations in connection with the Jimmy Savile case.

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.

Newsnight, Savile, and why it's BBC managers rather than journalists who deserve our scorn

Our writer, who spent years at the BBC, says it's ruled by a disgracefully overpaid managerial elite who blame hard-working reporters and producers for their own errors

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