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BBC CHAIRMAN SAYS HEADS MAY ROLL FOLLOWING SAVILE SCANDAL

October 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

BBC Chairman Chris Patten has called the scandal involving the corporation’s late star Jimmy Savile a “cesspit” that could result in the firing of several top executives. Patten called for an independent inquiry by a figure from outside the corporation to determine the extent of executives’ knowledge — if any — about Savile’s alleged sexual molestation of children when he hosted the hit Top of the Pops music show in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Speaking to the Broadcasting Press Guild on Wednesday, Patten said, “The BBC has in place child-protection policies, processes, guidance for us by all staff on and off the premises and independents making programs for the BBC. We’ve asked the director-general to assure us that those policies are up to date and fit for purpose that they’re effective in protecting minors and under-age children.” Patten denied, however, that a report about the allegations against Savile was dropped earlier this year as part of a corporate cover-up. That is “not how the BBC operates,” he maintained.