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This is BBC News. We will look at the papers in just a moment but

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first, the headlines. A damning report says the BBC missed

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multiple chances to stop sex It says some junior staff knew

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about the allegations but a culture of fear stopped them

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taking it further. The culture

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of the BBC certainly enabled both Savile and Stuart Hall

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to go undetected for decades. The BBC Director General admits

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senior managers could have known about the crimes committed

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by Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall. It was a dark chapter

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in the history of the organisation but a much darker one

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for all of you, the BBC failed you then it should

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have protected you. In the fallout, veteran DJ

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Tony Blackburn leaves the BBC

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amid a row about his co-operation He says he's been

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made a 'scapegoat'. In Sportsday, the Europa League

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results. Manchester United, are they still in the competition? Tottenham

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and Liverpool playing this evening, a James Milner penalties seeing

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Liverpool through to the draw for the last 16. And we will have the

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six Nations rugby and there is a ding-dong at the boxing.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are the columnist for the Independent,

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James Rampton, and the broadcaster Stephanie Hirst.

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I'm sure that James is known to all and sundry, but Stephanie is here

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for the first time. Not looking too anxious! The i newspaper, the BBC

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saying they are to blame after a report on the activities of Jimmy

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Savile and Stuart Hall. The metro newspaper, the lawyer for many of

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the victims accusing the report of being a whitewash.

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The Guardian describes the BBC and Tony Blackburn of being at war

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According to the FT, the Chancellor George Osborne

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is pushing the Group of 20 leading economies to warn about the dangers

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The Independent reports Theresa May is planning to broaden

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powers to deport people with dual nationality found guilty of abuse.

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The Telegraph says family doctors will be told that they are wrongly

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diagnosing hundreds of thousands of children with asthma.

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We will begin with several of the front pages focusing on Dame Janet

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Smith's report into the activities of Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall

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within the BBC. We start with the i, the director-general making a

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apology after a scathing report into Savile and Hall. A harrowing day for

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the victims. Yes, it is very good what was said, that the BBC failed

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to protect them, it is right that Tony Hall made a public apology and

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I believe that lawyer for presenting many victims were pleased that it

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had been said. As the Metro points out, there is a belief among some

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victims that it has been an expensive whitewash, costing ?6.5

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million, running to 1000 pages and still no one is named as being

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culpable, passing on information that they might have known about.

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Some of the details Dame Janet has unearthed are really shocking,

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Television Centre complaints to her Television Centre complaints to her

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supervisor in the 80s that they had been sexually assaulted by Jimmy

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Savile and they were told, keep your mouth shut, he's a VIP. Shopping.

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When I -- shocking. When I heard that, it is like they created a

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monster. Some papers are asking whether there are other people in

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other organisations who may be predatory paedophiles. That was the

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setting thing I'm sure for many people to hear, whatever the BBC's

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values as an organisation at the time, they were regarded as much as

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a priority as the celebrities, talent, the work that is still used.

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Metro talking about the outrage. How relevant is it that individuals were

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not named in the report? It is suggested that Dame Janet did not

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have the legal power to oblige people to justify which may be part

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of the problem, but the lawyer representing 168 Savile victims asks

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whether it is plausible to imagine this did not reach the upper edge

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alums of the BBC? She says many will feel that it is an expensive

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whitewash. -- upper edge alums -- upper levels. Jimmy Savile allegedly

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used to say to people "You can't touch me, I know the Archbishop of

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Canterbury, the Prince of Wales." He boasted about these people. This

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persona. It made him seem untouchable. How much has society

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changed, how much more do we listen these days? It has changed a lot, I

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understand that Tony Hall and Janet Smith have not said this, but it is

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a different time, but that is no excuse because there are survivors.

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There is a lot more for the BBC to do and the i say that the NSPCC are

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being brought in to insure that children are protected. That's great

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because the most important thing firstly is to apologise to the

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victims and try and bring about some closure for them. Next, make sure it

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doesn't happen again. If the NSPCC can help, that's brilliant. The

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Daily Express have a different direction, saying the BBC has hung

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Tony Blackburn out to dry, according to him. The evidence he gave to Dame

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Janet Smith was regarded as being substandard. I'm surprised they have

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gone with this headline rather than the standard BBC headline. Or all of

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the things they could have chosen to run with. The Guardian as well. My

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take on it, it has to be something that is new. This time yesterday we

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didn't know about this Tony Blackburn story, so this is new news

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for the papers. We knew about Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall, but the

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Blackbird angle is new which is why some papers have gone with it

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because people won't have heard it. -- Tony Blackburn. He says he's

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talking to his lawyers potential legal action. George Osborne

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pressing Finance ministers to warn against Brexit, this is the G20

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leading economies. A really good thing. It depends on your view! A

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bit sensitive about bias here, Stefanie! Sorry, I will try not to

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leap in quite so quickly. Trying to gather support. For me, I think

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staying in the EU is the right thing because if you look at what the

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economy was like five years ago, leading us down a path where we may

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not be in the situation now where businesses are flourishing again,

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the economy is getting back again. I hate to do it, but I absolutely

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agree with you. Oh, dear. What has been dubbed this morning a Romaniac,

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poultry and kind to those of us who want to remain but I think those of

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us who want to remain ideological, it would send a terrible message to

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detach ourselves from Europe, it would make us seem insular, if not

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xenophobic. I feel quite passionate about it that we shouldn't exit. I

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respect the fact that people feel passion of the other way but that's

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my opinion and I'm glad that George Osborne is going to try and put it

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in the G20 communique. People feel we have lost sovereignty to Europe,

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we have laws foisted on us that are not of our choosing, not controlling

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our borders, immigration levels, we can't control them because we are

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part of the EU, they are powerful arguments for those who are voting

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in the referendum. They will be, but I think that when I look at the

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bigger picture, I think of the damage that could be done if we

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leave, I think is the right thing to stay. This is perhaps an emotional

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response but Angela Merkel last year said that this is the first time in

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Europe's history, 70 years without a walk and that is partly down to the

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EU. We are cooperating -- without a war. Within the EU, there hasn't

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been... Between France, Germany, Spain, Holland, we had been fighting

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for two millennia, and 70 years is the longest period in Western Europe

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where we have not had a war. That's why the EU has made a difference, I

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would argue. Let's move on, please! Sorry to be such a remainiac. Powers

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designed to fight terrorism, sex abusers to be stripped of UK

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citizenship. This is coming off the back of something in the news

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yesterday. The Home Secretary is planning to significantly increase

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her department's use of legal powers allowing serious criminals with dual

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nationality to have their British and ship -- British citizenship

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withdrawn because of Asian sex gangs. This is people who may be

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born in another place? The potential for them, what would happen? They

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would be deported to the country of their birth. What intrigues me, a

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line at the end, David Greenwood, a solicitor representing some of the

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victims, said that this is the tip of a very big iceberg. I find that

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really scary. This is a shocking case, sending shock waves through

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the country, the depravity and cruelty that these men inflicted on

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the young girls, and that this may be the beginning of the story, that

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shakes me to think about. The abuse of predominately white girls by

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mainly Asian men has lead to prosecutions across the North of

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England and the Midlands, and more trials to come. That's it, not a

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particularly... Sorry! Welcome to the paper review! We will try and

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find something with a bit more levity, can't promise. James and

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Stephanie will be back, hopefully with opinions that differ on certain

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subjects, at 11:30pm. Stay with us. Coming up next, Sportsday.

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