As it happened: reaction to BBC Savile programme evidence

Key points

  • Evidence to the inquiry into the dropping of Newsnight's Jimmy Savile investigation has been published.
  • Jeremy Paxman told the inquiry that it was "common gossip" the DJ liked "young" people.
  • Acting director general Tim Davie said that by releasing the transcripts, the BBC was being "open and transparent".
  • Many comments have centred on the fact that long sections of the evidence are blacked out or "redacted".

Live text

Reporting:

  • Sabrina Sweeney 
  • Sarah Bell 

Last updated 22 February 2013

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Hello and welcome to the BBC's coverage of the evidence to the Pollard inquiry into why the BBC dropped its probe into abuse by presenter Jimmy Savile.

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We are publishing key quotes from the interviews and submissions on this page.

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Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman was among those interviewed as part of the BBC inquiry.

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During his interview for the Pollard Review, Mr Paxman said it was "common gossip" the DJ liked "young" people.

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"I don't know whether it was girls or boys. But I had no evidence of it, and I never saw anything that made me take it more seriously than it was common gossip."

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The Pollard Inquiry - by the former head of Sky News, Nick Pollard, was published in December. Find a summary of his findings here.

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The BBC has published online about 3,000 pages of emails, interviews and submissions from BBC executives and journalists - although about 3% of details have been removed.

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BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten said these documents "paint a very unhappy picture, but the BBC needs to be open - more open than others would be - in confronting the facts that lie behind Nick Pollard's report".

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Lord Patten continued: "A limited amount of text has been blacked out for legal reasons, but no-one could say that the effect has been to sanitise this material, which again puts a spotlight on some of our failings."

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