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Hello and welcome to our look at what the morning's papers will

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With me are the columnist for the Independent, James Rampton, and

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The headline on the i is "BBC: We are to blame

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for these monsters" after the report out today looking at the activities

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A lawyer for many of Savile's victims accuses the report

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The Express focuses on the Broadcaster Tony Blackburn who says

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he has been "hung out to dry" by the BBC in the wake of the scandal.

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The Guardian suggests that the BBC and Tony Blackburn have gone to war

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The Sun says the government is accused of hiding the real net

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migration figures, which could be more than double those stated.

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According to the Financial Times, the Chancellor George Osborne is

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pushing the G20 economies to warn about the

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The Times newspaper claims Downing Street is preparing to create up to

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40 new peers this summer and the Prime Minister could reward

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

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wrongly diagnosing hundreds of thousands of children with asthma.

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We will begin with the Jimmy Savile story and a report out today by the

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former judge Dame Janet Smith into what was happening inside the BBC

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that allowed abuse by celebrities like Jimmy Savile to go unreported.

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Along. The Metro has it on the front page -- unreported for so long. This

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is 1000 pages long, this report, and it is very damning towards the

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corporation. Dame Janet Smith found that bosses were blameless, despite

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117 staff telling her that they had known rumours about Jimmy Savile's

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behaviour. A junior employee at the television centre complained to a

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supervisor in the late 1980s that she had been sexually assaulted by

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Savile, and she was told to keep her mouth shut. That just shows you that

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they were elevated to such levels that they were untouchable. Rumours

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were rife, weren't they? A lot of people working here now say that

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when they came to work here they had heard of rumours. But it is the

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other stuff, the culture that makes people feel they can't speak up,

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that is what is a worry. Absolutely, and Dame Janet Smith has said that

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the culture may still exist. She said the BBC must resist the

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temptation to treat what happened to then as being irrelevant to today.

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This is a reminder that we should all be vigilant about abuse it

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happens in all sorts of organisations. What this report has

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revealed is that vigilance is key. Sadly, for the victims, will it be

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closure? Despite Tony hall's very good apology today, many say they

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feel a bit let down. But the truth has not been unearthed and many feel

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this is nothing more than expensive whitewash. Strong words, but I think

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many people will agree with that. I know they are bringing in the NSPCC

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to look at how to protect children. Esther Rantzen was talking about it

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earlier, I think it is brilliant they have done that. I think it is

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something that needs to happen in this and other corporations, because

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these people are very clever and manipulative. Jimmy Savile was, he

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surrounded himself with dignitaries and important people, to create this

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idea of being untouchable. Also, the reputation of the BBC, another

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scandal that the BBC has to somehow get through and regain trust. Trust

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and integrity are words that the BBC uses a lot. I think they have made

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the right step today in apologising. That is always the first step. The

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worst thing is when you try to cover something up. What did it for

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Richard Nixon in Watergate was not the original offence, it was a

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cover-up. I think Tony Hall coming out and apologising to the victims

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today is a good step, and the next step is to try to stop it happening

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in the future. . The chair of the BBC trust said that the BBC turned a

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blind eye when it should have shone a light. If this stops people in the

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future from turning a blind eye, it will be worth a report. As a final

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mention of the story, the Guardian and the Express have gone different

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ways. Tony Blackburn, veteran DJ, being part of the BBC output for

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about 40 years... The first voice on BBC Radio 1. Parting company, as it

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says here. Tony Blackburn says he hasn't done anything wrong, the

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reason he has been told he has to go is because the standard of the

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evidence he gave did not meet BBC standards. He says he is a

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scapegoat. Of all the stories they could put on the front page, it is

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interesting that have gone with this. The Express has done. The

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quote of Tony Blackburn, who would have come forward if they see how I

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have been hung out to dry? This is not the end of this by any means,

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there could be legal proceedings. Let's look at the Daily Mail.

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Another set of devastating migration figures, but the PM says the numbers

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can be slashed. Pull the other one, Dave. It is like a comedy routine!

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He is trying to get this down to 100,000, apparently. Anything in the

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next 200 days will be put through the two sides of the argument. The

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Daily Mail is chief cheerleader for the Brexit campaign, and is

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obviously using this as another is thick with which to beat those who

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wish to remain within the EU. This report from the office of national

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statistics is being used to encourage those who want to leave.

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Any statistic will be left on by both sides and interpreted as they

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wish to. Half of this figure is arrivals from the EU, and the other

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half are of course non- EU people, and it is much easier to control

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those figures. 630,000 national insurance numbers were issued to

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non- British EU citizens in 2015, seemingly at odds with the data that

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said that 257 EU migrants arrived in the end of December. Many say it can

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be good for a country, migration, a sign that an economy is doing well.

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I think it is a good advertisement in this country that we are

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attracting so many people. I know the NHS has said it would be in dire

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straits if we didn't have semi- people migrating to this country. I

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think half a million British people live in Spain as well. If we stop

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people moving around the EU, what will happen to those people? Lord

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Howard snubs PM and backs Brexit. Another big name from Tory ranks who

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has joined the out campaign. Obviously it was all about Boris on

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Sunday. How much of a snub is this for the PM? I think it is quite a

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snub in that Lord Howard gave David Cameron his first job. He research

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for him 20 years ago, it was his way into the Tory party. In terms of

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their personal relationship it is a snub, but Lord Howard has always

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been a very vocal anti- EU proponent, so that is not

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surprising. What is interesting is how vicious the campaign is

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getting, and we are only three days in. Four months of this! We are

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already getting fatigued! Lord Howard said he would not have got

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support from the Brexit side even if he had returned to the EU

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brandishing the severed heads of the EU commission. Quite vivid and

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colourful language. It speaks of how opposed some people are to being

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part of the EU, who don't feel it is what they voted for back in the

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70s. And accusations of project fear, as well. David Cameron saying

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that the pound would fall and the cost of holidays will rise. That is

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absolutely the primary concern! That is what I will be voting on! He is

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clever to go with that because it is something everyone will be able to

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identify with. We have a fortnight in Spain, will that be under threat

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because the pound is tumbling as a result of instability? Maybe. You

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can't be too careful! The Times, Rotherham child-abuse gang leader

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wanted IVF. He has fathered up to 18 babies! Many of his victims had

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abortions, an awful story. This was to disclosed in court, and there are

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no words to describe it. We don't want to be arrested ourselves for

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the things we say, but it is absolutely shocking, and apparently

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he might have been trying to use certain aspect to get himself

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acquitted and to have the jury dismissed, but I think quite rightly

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the judge rejected those claims and clearly he was well enough to

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contemplate family life with a baby. If he was campaigning to have IVF,

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he clearly is fit enough to make those decisions, and his claims that

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he was unfit to do so were exposed as not quite right. Final story,

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pupils who go private get ahead by two years. This is some research

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being done that Durham University. I think it is interesting, but if you

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delve down into the figures and take into account the background to the

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pupils, it says the difference between private and state education

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is only 0.64 of the grade. For me, that is quite a lot of money to

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pay, ?15,000 a year perhaps, for a lot of very big difference. Even

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though the Times is spinning this as very pro- private school, and

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boosting willingness or decide to go to private schools, you are shelling

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out a lot of money for what I think is not a massive difference. I had a

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friend who went to a private school, and I wanted to say to his parents

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that they should have a refund for that. The thing with this, there was

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a story the other day about the fact that private schools are finding

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that numbers are dropping because more people are choosing to spend

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their children to successful state schools. It is not just about

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qualifications, is it? Confidence that people seem to come out with

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and the connections they have. I went to a state school in the 1980s,

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and to be honest it was horrible, I didn't enjoy it at all and I didn't

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get the support I wanted to go on and work in broadcasting in my life.

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I didn't get that at all. So I was very lucky, to have the

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determination that I had. We're out of time, we are very glad you are

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here and we hope you will come back again. Mention that to your friend

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who use it should get a refund for his private schooling. That is it

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from us for tonight. Next, Sportsday.

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