Report blames chaos, not cover-up, for BBC scandal
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Institutional chaos and confusion — but not a cover-up — were to blame for the BBC's disastrous handling of paedophilia allegations involving one of its best-known children's television personalities, Jimmy Savile, an internal review found Wednesday.
The review absolved BBC executives of trying to bury a potentially embarrassing story, saying that weak management and poor leadership were to blame for the fact that a planned expose about Savile, never aired.
The internal review, carried out by former Sky News television boss Nick Pollard, said the BBC was thrown into disarray when allegations that the late Savile was a serial sex predator were made public. In the review, Pollard asked: "Did any inappropriate managerial pressure or consideration influence the decision ... not to run the Savile story?''
"The answer is no,'' he wrote, noting while there had been conversations between Mark Rippon, who led the BBC's initial investigation, and two senior executives, "I do not believe either of them exerted undue pressure on him.''
Police arrest one more
LONDON: Police probing alleged child abuse centering on former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile said Wednesday they have arrested a man in his 70s. The man, from London, was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences and taken to a police station, they said. REUTERS