BBC cleared of covering up Savile case

BBC cleared of covering up Savile case

The BBC has been cleared of covering up allegations of child sex abuse against its later presenter Jimmy Savile, but an official probe has found the news corporation is suffering from a lack of leadership.

The news organisation was thrown into turmoil when the revelations of Savile’s multiple crimes came to light, with two high level exutives resigning.

The BBC’s Newsnight program began an investigation into the allegations shortly after Savile’s death, but after a few weeks decided to drop the report, and run tributes to Savile instead.

A formal investigation by former Sky News executive Nick Pollard has been published overnight, ruling the BBC’s decision to drop the report was flawed, but was done in good faith.

Mr Pollard has found the BBC knew Saville was a paedophile, but has ruled the action was not to cover up the Savile case, or for any improper reason.

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