Savile and the BBC: Who's who

BBC director general George Entwistle told the Commons culture committee he did not believe management pressure had led to a Newsnight report into sexual abuse claims against Jimmy Savile being shelved.

Find out who the BBC figures caught up in the affair are - and who is leading the two inquiries at the corporation.

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Name Background
DG George Entwistle

Director general, George Entwistle

George Entwistle took over as BBC director general in September, following the departure of Mark Thompson. Previously held post as director of BBC Vision - a role that included overseeing all of the BBC's TV channels. Panorama revealed he was first made aware of the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile at an awards ceremony on 2 December 2011. He has stepped back from any editorial decisions concerning Savile stories.

Helen Boaden

Director of news, Helen Boaden

Appointed director of news in 2004. Panorama revealed Helen Boaden told Mr Entwistle, then director of Vision - about the Newsnight investigation at an awards ceremony on 2 December 2011. She has stepped back from any editorial decisions concerning Savile stories because of her involvement. She is expected to be questioned by Nick Pollard for his investigation into any possible failings of BBC management.

Peter Rippon

Newsnight editor, Peter Rippon

Newsnight editor Peter Rippon dropped planned programme on Jimmy Savile. In his blog, he denied he had been pressured into pulling the programme because of a clash with Christmas tributes to Savile. He said the story would have been stronger if it could have shown institutional failings, which it had failed to do. Stepped aside on 22 October while an inquiry into Newsnight's handling of the Savile story is carried out. A BBC statement said his blog explanation was "inaccurate or incomplete" in some respects.

Meirion Jones

Newsnight journalist, Meirion Jones

Meirion Jones worked with Liz Mackean on the Newsnight investigation. He told Panorama he had emailed his editor, Peter Rippon, on 7 December 2011, saying he was sure the story would come out "one way or another and... the BBC would be accused of a cover-up".

Liz Mackean

Newsnight journalist, Liz Mackean

Worked with Meirion Jones on the Newsnight investigation. Said she was unhappy the story did not run. She told Panorama she was unhappy with the public statements made by the BBC. She thought they were misleading about the nature of Newsnight's investigation.

Stephen Mitchell

Head of news programmes, Steve Mitchell

Deputy to Helen Boaden. As head of news programmes, he is responsible for Newsnight and Panorama. Has also stepped aside from any editorial involvement in the Savile story. He is expected to be questioned by Nick Pollard as part of the inquiry into possible failings of BBC management.

David Jordan

Director editorial policy and standards, David Jordan

Told Radio 4's Today programme on 4 October that any interference from BBC management would have made reporters "more determined to do it". Denied the Newsnight programme had been dropped because of a clash with Christmas tributes. On 6 October he told the Newswatch programme that Newsnight had been investigating the way Surrey Police had handled the Jimmy Savile allegations and had found the Crown Prosecution Service had subsequently dropped the case because of lack of evidence.

Mark Thompson

Former director general, Mark Thompson

As BBC director general Mark Thompson was editor in chief of the corporation at the time of the Newsnight investigation. He has said he was not involved in any of the decisions concerning the programme's investigation into Jimmy Savile. He told The Times newspaper he remembered being asked at a Christmas party in 2011 whether he was worried about the Savile investigation and later asked senior colleagues about it, but was told the programme had been dropped.

Chris Patten

Chairman BBC Trust, Lord Patten

Lord Patten is chairman of the BBC Trust, which governs the corporation and represents the interests of licence fee payers. He has defended the corporation over claims Newsnight shelved its investigation because of pressure from senior management. On 24 October he responded to a letter from the Culture Secretary Maria Miller - raising concerns about public confidence in the corporation - saying the BBC's inquiries would be comprehensive and independent.

Nick Pollard

Nick Pollard

Former head of Sky News Nick Pollard has been asked by the BBC to investigate why the Newsnight investigation was dropped last year. He will look at whether there were any management failings by the BBC. He will also look at the handling by the Newsnight investigation of material that might have been of interest to the police or relevant authorities.

Dame Janet Smith

Dame Janet Smith

Former Appeal Court judge Dame Janet Smith will investigate whether culture and practice at the BBC enabled Jimmy Savile to carry out the sexual abuse of children. This inquiry, announced by Mr Entwistle, will be on hold until after the police investigation.

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