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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.

Jimmy Savile affair: The key players

George Entwistle

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.

Why the late (and far from great) Bernard Manning would have cause to celebrate today

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Were we all guilty of letting Jimmy Savile get away with it?

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Abuse of trust: Jimmy Savile was given access to children at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

I knew nothing, says Jimmy Savile producer

Jimmy Savile's long-time producer on children's TV show Jim'll Fix It said today he was completely unaware of the presenter's activities and said the star managed to “hoodwink” him.

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.

Jimmy Savile volunteering as a hospital porter in 1970

Stoke Mandeville Hospital still has questions to answer over the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal

This week the Independent established that premises there were used at will by the television presenter. What else can they tell us about his stay there?

Entwistle: "I'm convinced I've done all the right things"

The BBC Director-General maintained that he has acted entirely properly over the Jimmy Savile affair despite acknowledging that he was aware that Newsnight had been planning an investigation into the entertainer before it was dropped.

BBC to crack down on tax-avoiding stars after accusation of being 'complicit' in tax avoidance

The BBC currently allows some workers to be paid as if they were companies rather than individual staff

Editorial: Entwistle flunks his first test

Of the many problems that the new BBC Director-General might have expected to confront in his first month in the job, a sex scandal relating to one of the Corporation's most fondly remembered stars was probably not one. He would have been briefed about questions relating to value for the licence fee, low morale from pending job cuts, even the pay and tax arrangements of top staff. But serial sexual misbehaviour with under-age girls, even rape, on the part of Jimmy Savile, was probably nowhere near George Entwistle's radar until ITV started promoting its documentary.

Mark Thompson, former BBC head, ran tributes to Savile at Christmas

BBC 'knew of Savile claims months ago but didn't tell police'

Senior BBC executives knew months ago that two of its stars were alleged to have sexually assaulted two underage teenage girls at Television Centre, but did not make police aware until last week, it was claimed last night.

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