Newsnight editor steps aside in Savile investigation revelation
The Newsnight editor responsible for dropping a report into claims Sir Jimmy Savile sexually abused people “is stepping aside with immediate effect", the BBC has announced.
Peter Rippon corrected his statement as to why the show dropped its investigation into the late DJ and TV presenter, saying that it was "inaccurate or incomplete”.
A statement by the BBC said: "The BBC regrets these errors and will work with the Pollard Review to assemble all relevant evidence to enable the review to determine the full facts.
"In addition, the BBC has announced that Peter Rippon is stepping aside with immediate effect from his post while the review by Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News, into the management of Newsnight's investigation, is carried out."
In Mr Rippon’s initial explanation it was reported that there was no evidence that staff at the Duncroft approved school could have known about allegations that Savile abused children.
In light of recent discoveres in the investigation into Sir Jimmy Savile, the BBC has corrected the blog post to say: "In fact some allegations were made (mostly in general terms) that some of the Duncroft staff knew or may have known about the abuse."
The BBC also add: "The blog says that all the women spoken to by the programme had contacted the police independently already and that Newsnight had no new evidence against any other person that would have helped the police. It appears that in some cases women had not spoken to the police and that the police were not aware of all the allegations."