BBC Newsnight editor Peter Rippon yesterday resigned with immediate effect. just hours before the Panorama documentary aired that uncovered how the BBC have handled the Jimmy Savile investigation.
Rippon has written a blog, trying to explain that no new information had been found, and the reason’s why Newsnight decided not to air the Jimmy Savile inquiry. This blog was written the night before ITV’s Exposure documentary into claims of Savile’s sex abuse.
Rippon stepped aside after his explanation as to why Newsnight decided to drop the investigation into Savile was “inaccurate or incomplete”.
BBC’s director-general George Enwistle is under serious scrutiny and is perhaps fighting for his career, with MP’s demanding to know how much he knew about the supressed Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile’s sex offences.
It has also attracted criticism from the Prime minister David Cameron, who said that it raises serious questions into why the BBC decided to axe its investigation into Jimmy Savile.
Last night, the panorama documentary interviewed two Newsnight journalists who contradicted claims made my Enwistle and other BBC bosses. Saying that their story had only been indented as a narrow piece for Surrey Police’s treatment of Savile, not an expose into Savile’s sex offences.
Today Mr Enwistle will give evidence before the committee of Culture, Media and Sport. MP’s will also question him on why he authorized a tribute programme on Savile, after he was aware of the investigations being made by Newsnight.
A former Labour culture secretary and BBC journalist, who sits in the committee said, “It’s yet another self-inflicted and avoidable crisis” made by the BBC.