Director general George Entwistle
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Savile abuse: Director General defends BBC's response

The Director General of the BBC, George Entwistle, has defended the Corporation's response to the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal, but accepted it had raised questions of trust.

Describing Savile's behaviour as "very, very grave" he told the Commons Media Select Committee there had been no cover-up at the BBC but that a past "cultural problem" in the organisation had allowed abuse by the presenter.

When asked if it had been a failure by him to ask further questions about a Newsnight investigation into Savile, Mr Entwistle said he didn't want to show "undue interest" and affect editorial decisions.

He also said the BBC was investigating five to 10 "serious allegations" involving past and present employees.

The BBC's Home Editor Mark Easton reports.

  • 23 Oct 2012
  • From the section UK