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Davie: BBC following legal advice

Davie: BBC following legal advice

The BBC's acting director general has defended the corporation over the redaction of material from the review of Newsnight's investigation of Jimmy Savile.

Tim Davie said the corporation had been "open and transparent" over why the programme was dropped, despite some sections of the report being redacted.

The package of around 1,000 pages from the Pollard Review includes interviews with BBC journalists and bosses, along with texts and emails.

Mr Davie insisted the BBC had "simply out taken out stuff that external lawyers saw as a clear risk."

"This is not about protecting the BBC’s reputation- this is simply about external legal advice," he told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme.

The report, published in December, was scathing about failures in management, claiming there was "chaos and confusion" and "leadership in short supply".

Evidence includes Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman claiming Mr Savile's interest in young girls was often discussed among staff.

"It was, I would say, common gossip that Jimmy Savile liked, you know, young - it was always assumed to be girls. I don't know whether it was girls or boys. I have no evidence of it, and I never saw anything that made me take it more seriously than it being common gossip," he told the inquiry.

He also said the probe was conducting itself in a "ridiculous fashion".

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