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BBC lambasted over Jimmy Savile abuse scandal

By Robert Dex

Former BBC director-general Greg Dyke has criticised the corporation's response to the Jimmy Savile scandal.

He said the BBC should “have moved very quickly” to explain why a Newsnight report about allegations of sexual abuse by the late DJ was dropped.

Giving a lecture at Kingston University's Business School, he stated: “Someone had to explain why they took a decision not to do it because otherwise it left them looking suspicious and it looked like they'd been leaned on because the BBC wanted to run two specials about Jimmy Savile, which I don't believe would have happened.”

He said he turned down an invitation to appear on the show. Mr Dyke said: “Someone should have gone on and said ‘These are the editorial reasons'. Either ‘the lawyers said it didn't stand up', or that ‘we thought the damage it would do to this man's reputation, given the one case we had, wasn't worth it' or something like that.”

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