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Jimmy Savile: BBC boss George Entwistle regrets tribute

The BBC director general has told MPs he "of course" regrets a Jimmy Savile tribute programme which ran over Christmas when he was BBC director of Vision.

However, George Entwistle also told the Commons culture committee that he had taken a conscious decision not to ask questions when he found out Newsnight was investigating Savile, to avoid being "seen to be putting unreasonable pressure" on journalists.

Police have described Savile, who died last year aged 84, as a predatory sex offender. They believe he may have abused many people - including young girls - over a 40-year period.

A criminal investigation is under way.

  • 23 Oct 2012
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