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

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affair. Welcome to news watch. The Jimmy

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

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

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

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Panorama programme covered the whole issue on Monday including the

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

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us about the original Newsnight investigation being into the police

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

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

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

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

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investigating the police investigation into Jimmy Savile and

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it was a perfectly decent investigation and it made

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

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

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

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was commissioned which was about allegations about Jimmy Savile's

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behaviour. On Tuesday, George Entwistle made an uncomfortable

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

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matter of embarrassment -- embarrassment. The version from

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

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

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nine serving employees are under investigation for serious

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allegation of sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour, the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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advertised as an investigation into internal affairs rather than the

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

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

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the Panorama went out the director general asked me to take

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

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because clearly there was some accusations against people within

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that. The information about Panorama in advance may have

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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give those victims prominence? have been covering those stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elsewhere, the BBC News reported the death of Flight Lieutenant

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William Walker, the all the surviving Battle of Britain pilot

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

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

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appropriate film footage. Many of the aircraft are American aircraft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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another diminishing service from the BBC. Thank you for your

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