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It is now time for News watch with the latest on the Jimmy Savile


affair. Welcome to news watch. The Jimmy


Savile affair has buffeted the BBC again this week. How transparent


It is more than three weeks since the Jimmy Savile scandal hit the


headlines and things are not getting better for the BBC. A


Panorama programme covered the whole issue on Monday including the


BBC's handling of it. We now know that what the BBC executives told


us about the original Newsnight investigation being into the police


and not Jimmy Savile's abuse was not entirely true. Panorama also


quoted an e-mail sent by the producer involved to the Director-


The very next day at, an interview with the head of editorial policy


and standards was broadcast in which it was said again. We are


investigating the police investigation into Jimmy Savile and


it was a perfectly decent investigation and it made


recommendations to the CPS and it was dropped because of a lack of


evidence. I thought they were misleading at the very least. I


thought they were suggesting the story was not about the thing which


was commissioned which was about allegations about Jimmy Savile's


behaviour. On Tuesday, George Entwistle made an uncomfortable


appearance before the Culture, Media and Select Committee. It is a


matter of embarrassment -- embarrassment. The version from


Peter Rippon were not as accurate as they should have been. -- was


not. Coupled with tales of rows in the newsroom and revelations that


nine serving employees are under investigation for serious


allegation of sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour, the


impression was developing of an organisation and knelt down. -- in


Charles Paxton and many others felt I am joined by Alex Walsh also e-


mailed us. There is no shortage of coverage of Jimmy Savile and


everything. What did you feel about the focus of it? The focus is my


main issue. The story breaks down into three strands. You got what


was happening in the BBC in the 70s, you have the Newsnight issue as


well and somewhere at the back of it is the whole issue with a Jimmy


Savile, a paedophile, and hundreds of victims. The perspective and


balance seems wrong. So you think what was going on with the police


investigation should have been at the top of the priorities? The very


much so. The way to put this right is not public navel-gazing and sell


-- it is to get a right to the heart of the story. Do you think


there was coverage elsewhere the BBC should have been doing? There


was an excellent article in the Guardian. I've had to rely on


printed media for that. For these new and coverings or specific cases


of abuse. What about the Panorama programme which did have interviews


with victims? I think Panorama covered both sides but it was


advertised as an investigation into internal affairs rather than the


victims. We are joined by Peter Horrocks, the director of global


news. Who is in charge of looking at all of this? The Thursday before


the Panorama went out the director general asked me to take


responsibility across all of the BBC's news and current affairs


because clearly there was some accusations against people within


BBC News to have been involved -- there were. I have previously been


editor of Panorama so I have taken that responsibility over the last


10 days. Despite what Panorama tried to do, there is concern that


the BBC has not been transparent with viewers. Alex is concerned and


I would like to address that. The BBC's own journalism has been


helping people to understand the BBC's own failings. Panorama did


that. The information about Panorama in advance may have


focused on information about what the BBC did or did not do but I


hope you agree that the film itself told a powerful narrative of the


voices of the victims and their anger. That was the story that


Panorama told and it told the story of how television had created Jimmy


Savile and how the BBC had given him power and control and the


sadness of the victims who responded to that. We then looked


at the issue of the BBC's recent responsibility and not getting that


way and we went into that in some detail. I would ask there was to


consider, if we had not looked at that, I would say it is proper


scrutiny of the BBC. Newspapers are revealing stories every day about


paedophile rings and naming people working on BBC premises. Why and


the BBC reporting on those? I think we are. There were stories on


Thursday of this week which we were reporting which were about concerns


that the family had raised about whether the BBC had done enough in


relation to one of its own employees. If the victims say the


abuse took place on BBC premises, has BBC News been doing enough to


give those victims prominence? have been covering those stories


across all of our platforms. We have been able to give people a


voice. Which people? The number of victims that have come forward. The


victims that we know have come forward in large numbers as a


result of this. There has been an outpouring of emotion about this.


The BBC has been covering that. BBC Television News has covered it very


thoroughly. Everyone is thinking, for how many years was this out


there and could have been reported? It took 30 a 40 years. I am


embarrassed and ashamed that the BBC did not get the story to wear.


We know the public have enormous trust in us and that is hanging in


the balance at the moment. We're trying to investigate and reveal


what happened to the victims and give them a voice and make sure the


BBC is held to account. Thank you both very much.


Elsewhere, the BBC News reported the death of Flight Lieutenant


William Walker, the all the surviving Battle of Britain pilot


who died on Tuesday at the age of 99. His obituary left something to


be desired. It contained a number of cases of incorrect and in


appropriate film footage. Many of the aircraft are American aircraft


not involved in the Battle of The City saw the demise of a


broadcasting institution -- this week. The switch-off of the


analogue signal in the UK has been completed with Northern Ireland the


last editor of digital and that means goodbye to Ceefax, the first


Teletext information service which has been running since 1974. It was


the source of great regret to some. He I have just seen on the news


that Ceefax is finishing today. I am appalled. Not owning a computer,


I rely on Ceefax. I pay a television licence for a television,


not a computer. That information, every day, it was invaluable. It is


another diminishing service from the BBC. Thank you for your


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