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Newsnight criticised by Pollard Review

Newsnight criticised by Pollard Review
An investigation into the cancellation of a Newsnight report about Jimmy Savile has criticised "flawed" BBC management but found no evidence of a cover-up.

The review, headed by former head of Sky News Nick Pollard, has led to the resignation of the BBC's deputy news director, Stephen Mitchell, while the BBC also announced that it had put in place a new editorial team at Newsnight.

The Pollard Review was set up to establish whether there was a failure of management over the decision not to broadcast the investigation into allegations of child abuse against Savile.

Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, told a press conference he accepted the report and would implement its recommendations "without reservation in their entirety".

Mr Pollard said the BBC’s management structures had proven “completely incapable” of handling the furore. However, he dismissed the idea there was any conspiracy behind the original decision to drop the broadcast.

“The decision by the editor to drop the original investigation was clearly flawed and the way it was taken was wrong, though I believe it was done in good faith. It was not done to protect the Savile tribute programs or for any improper reason,” Mr Pollard said.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller praised the BBC Trust for acting swiftly to order the investigation, and urged it now to take action to tackle some of the issues raised in the Pollard Review.

"The report raises serious questions around editorial and management issues at the BBC and I look to the Trust to help tackle these," she said in a statement.

"I also remind the Trust how vital it is to publish all relevant evidence, as soon as possible, in order to re-build public trust and confidence in the BBC."

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