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Jimmy Savile: Judge Chosen To Lead BBC Probe
Former High Court judge Dame Janet Smith will lead the BBC's internal inquiry into sex abuse claims against Jimmy Savile, it has been announced.
The corporation also revealed former head of Sky News Nick Pollard will head a review into Newsnight and its decision to axe an investigative report about the late presenter.
A statement issued by the BBC said the Pollard Review would "seek to establish whether there were any failings in the BBC's management of the Newsnight investigation" into claims against Savile - and in the broadcast of tribute programmes after his death.
Meanwhile, Dame Janet will head up a review into the culture and practices of the BBC during Savile's time there and look into whether the broadcaster's child protection and whistleblowing arrangements are "fit for purpose".
The Smith Review will begin only once police have indicated they are happy for it to proceed. Sky News understands Mr Pollard's investigation could start in the next few days.
Downing Street had previously indicated David Cameron could order a public inquiry into the scandal once the BBC and police investigations are concluded.
Number 10 insisted it was still an option after Labour led calls for the Government to set up an independent inquiry into the sex abuse allegations.
A spokesman said: "Nothing has been ruled out, but our view is it would be premature to prejudge the outcome of the two BBC inquiries and the police investigation."
The comments came after Culture Secretary Maria Miller appeared to rule out an independent inquiry as she expressed confidence that BBC chiefs were taking the claims "very seriously".
Labour leader Ed Miliband is insisting that the BBC's internal investigations are not enough and the victims deserve more.
He told Sky News on Tuesday: "I think we owe it to the victims to say 'look we are not going to have the institutions where the activities took place investigating themselves, we are going to have a separate inquiry across all those institutions'.
"I think they deserve truth and justice - and I think that is the best way of getting to it."
He had earlier told ITV1's The Agenda: "These are horrific allegations. In order to do right by the victims I don't think the BBC can lead their own inquiry.
"We need a broad look at all the public institutions involved - the BBC, parts of the NHS and Broadmoor. This has got to be independent."
Labour wants an independent inquiry that has the power to call for documents and summon witnesses and would look at Savile's activities at the BBC, Stoke Mandeville hospital and Broadmoor.
Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman also told Sky News on Tuesday that Savile's alleged victims would not be satisfied with the BBC investigating itself and insisted wider action was required.
"There was obviously a culture of silence which fermented a situation where more and more victims were able to be abused by Jimmy Savile," she said.
"Instead of just looking at the BBC, we need to look at those other organisations as well. Instead of a number of different inquiries, we need one inquiry to look at all these horrific allegations."
She added: "Until we have really got to the truth, then we can't ever be complacent that these sorts of things won't happen again."
Before Labour's demand, Ms Miller had rejected calls for an outside inquiry to restore the public's faith, warning it could hamper police investigations.
"In terms of a wider inquiry, we have a police investigation on-going at the moment," she said.
"Everybody would agree that it is really important that those individuals who have been victims know that that investigation can go on unfettered and that that should be our priority at this stage."
She cited the three separate internal investigations already launched by the BBC into the affair.
Police believe the DJ and television presenter's alleged catalogue of child sex abuse could have spanned six decades and included around 60 victims and are also investigating.
But former Met Police chief Sir Ian Blair has questioned the validity of a police investigation, given that Savile is no longer alive.
Appearing on Sky News, he said: "I don't quite know what this police inquiry is going to be into. They need to be taken seriously by the responsible authorities and when a man is dead, the police are not that person.
"It just seems to me that the police might be the right clearing house but this really is a matter for other authorities. Jimmy Savile is standing before a different tribunal now."
BBC director-general George Entwistle is due to appear before the Commons culture, media and sport select committee next week where he will face further questions about the affair.
Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton said his constituents, who turned out in their thousands to pay tribute to the broadcaster when he died, felt "betrayed and angry".
what do you think?
Labour jumping on the bandwagon again. These poor victims of this awful situation do not need Ed Milliband trying to improve hos standing by jumping in.
Jason not sure why you are getting negative votes unless its the Labour voters but what you say is correct.
I wouldn't want Ed representing me. Basically he comes 2 weeks late then passes the matter onto someone else
Forget the politics for two minutes. What he says is spot on. There should be a completely independant enquiry. How can the BBC investigate broadmore and the NHS ?
what a brilliant idea. an inquiry. why didnt i think of that, if doris stokes was still alive she could assist. the whole thing is now beyond a joke just like my mobile in box is now full of jimmy savile jokes, now if milliband had said lets have inquirey in to extortionate increase in fuell bills i would not be laughin so much
At first I thought Milliband was just politicing, trying to stand his ground for the victims. No let Ed have his way, since if this really goes back some 6 decades, I wonder if Labour were in power much of that time and what they didn't do about it. Better still, let them work in conjunction with the police.
Steven Ellis Cooper
Mr Milliband why dont you just get back in your kennel!!!!!!! let due process carry on with regards to yet another Rich person getting away with blue murder. You need to be carrying on with the job in hand and getting back in to screw the country up even more than these other Muppets and your predecessors before them ..
Maybe he was the modern day Jesus Christ the only stories we know of that bloke is ones that the do gooders believe how do we know he wasn't a odd ball to???? Just thought I'd mention it
This is just a political move to score brownie points with the electorate We need the Police to get on and do their job without the interference of politicians trying to use the situation to score point against each other
Cat killed crossing the road Labour demand public enquiry
So I take it your a tory then?.
No, I'm not a tory, I'm a Conservative. Are you plebish and proud of it?
Rupert Smith if labour call for a public enquiry was genuine I would support it Unfortunatley all political parties make statements for political gain, with little if any sincerity The police need to be allowed to do their job with out fear of political interference Politicians can and do make false statement in parlament without fear of retribution because the are protected by their own laws As for my political belief - i will vote for the candidate that represents my view the best what ever party
No public inquiries for a week. Labour demand a public inquiry.
I still don't understand the minus scoring....
Minus numbers come before zero and positive numbers. Imagine you have one apple - and someone takes two from you... ;)
That says it all. I'l rephrase it - why are people minus scoring without commenting? Probably because they have no constructive comments to make and sum up their pleb behaviour.
David you said you were a conservative, that alone is likely to get you at least -5 or -6 on this socialist site Just depends how many are collecting the benefit on the day of your post Sould get -4 or -5 for this one
haha good one Michael. Best to ignore the voting David.
This thing needs a proper investigation and anybody who has protected this vile man needs to be locked up for many years
What to stop behaviour still happening, as if organisations like NSPCC, Childline, Rapecrisis, etc, are they standing on their hands or is the case that this behaviour has become so very sophisticated (taken from the Armstrong matter).
The most predictable thing about Ed Milliband is that if someone does something then 14 days later he reacts asking for an enquiry. Feel sure that if Labour had their way we would have enquires on everything including the number of tea bags used in the Westminster canteen. Is this really the best the Labour party can find and we wonder why we are in such a mess. With this report it is not the victims of JS that I feel sorry for but the Labour voters. Now media (including the Sun) can we find something new to report and let due process take over.
Blue side "the number of tea bags used in the Westminster canteen." this is unlikely to as tea bags are used by working class like the millionaire Millibands - loose tea would be a different proposition a preserve of the tories
They have to hold inquiries to justify the enormous amount of public sector employees.
Lorgar Labour upset their paymasters the unions you have more chance of the pope converting to C of E
Hang on a bit, I'm not a Milliband fan but 14 days ago he was in the same position as myself and thousands more who thought these allegations against Savile were some people trying it on now that he's dead. Like us Milliband has had 14 days of the subject rammed down our throats and made us realise that the allegations in a lot of thecases are probably true. It wants an Investigation or enquiry to find out among the living those who maybe helped Savile or covered for him or did nothing when told things about him because if he had been outed earlier some or most of these kids would have been spared. Those of you on the forum trying to score political brownie points, what would you do if it had been your child?
Direct your hate at a dead man who cannot be punished or tried in a court of law, ignore the latest member of the thieving energy cartel to raise prices, why are the gobsmiths silent about a matter that really damages the public? I feel "betrayed and angry" at the politician's failure to protect the people from a monopoly of price fixing rogues, I hope that we don't have a bad winter, the old will freeze to death like they have in the past.
Very well said john
You raise a very valid issue!
Typical Labour party rubbish, how do we get noticed lets demand an enquiry to hell with the waste of manpower and money. Most sensible people know that the BBC and the NHS have been targeted because they are the lawyer's best chance of making big money. JS may or may not have done all the things that are reported in the media but you need to remember that it was the media and the public that built him up to a position were these actions could have happened. I don't remember any media accusations when he was alive. The media and the public built the man the BBC just gave the public what it wanted and the NHS were grateful for the money he raised for them.
Well said Peter
aint it great a dead pedophile gets more press than a 5 year old girl who has been missing for 3 weeks now.who cares LETS GUESS the press because this seems to be a bigger story
country is going to the dogs,,comp making over a billion + in profits and still putting prices up,,working people getting punished at every turn..scroungers making a fortune in claims prisons run like butlins,, crime is rif and a lot more,, and what do our M.Ps want a nother inquiry,and any other way they can think about wasting money finaly this guy is dead drop it ??????? but no hang on a minute there is a chance of some money ,,,, keep it going,
Everybody is missing the main issue here, he's dead so you can have all the inquires you like, but he will still be dead and still never face the consequences, waste of time and money. Let sleeping dogs lie
After The Restoration of the Monarchy after the Civil War they exhumed the corpse of Oliver Cromwell to exact revenge for the atrocities of the Civil War. We are in danger not of exhuming Jimmy Savile but of losing sight of two things. Firstly if something along the lines of what is alleged has happened how can we ensure it never happens again? Secondly if JS did do the things alleged, who helped him, directly or indirectly and how can they be punished?
Ah well Malcolm, you'd best pose that particular chestnut to Esther (Wilcox) Ranzen!
He would appear to have abused both genders, various ages, and the physically and mentally disabled - not to mention the criminally insane. How about animals - he's bound to have abused a few of those as well. Perhaps we should sue the RSPCA as well. I wonder if his long hair covered up his horns?????
There's been loads of J Savile type cases that remained hidden for years, so why did'nt Harriet Harmanhater as former Minister for Women or Ed Balls as former Minister for Families investigate when they had the opportunity? Too difficult or were person or persons unknown being protected?
It wasn't a vote winner then.
Miliband would sell his own family to win the populist vote - probably the most stupid man I have ever heard. Instead of having an inquiry costing ten of millions of pounds, why not invest the estimated cost in helping to prevent child abuse today. Miliband would rather waste money on an inquiry where the outcome is irrelevant. This man disgusts me
Cameron disgusts me .
I could willingly accept your argument but only if this can lead to better protection for children. The one thing that makes me shudder with these alleged abuses is the thought of Harriet Harman getting involved, knowing that she would welcome the complete extermination of all males over the age of 18!
So the BBC appoint their own Judge to carry out review Sounds like a cover up coming
Whys everyone upset coa millibars wants an enquiry just couple of days ago all up in arms coa Tories said didn't need one as bbc doing it internally - make your minds up