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Sunday 20 April 2014

BBC feels political heat in Savile probe

The BBC director-general is under mounting pressure to explain why a 'Newsnight' investigation into Jimmy Savile (pictured) was shelved after the UK Culture Secretary said the inquiry was "inappropriately pulled".

Maria Miller waded into the Savile row as it emerged that BBC head George Entwistle will face a grilling by MPs next week.

Speaking in the Commons for the first time about the Savile-abuse scandal, Ms Miller said the allegations were "horrifying" and said she had telephoned Mr Entwistle and Chris Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, to discuss a response.

She said it was up to the BBC Trust to establish the truth about "Savile which was inappropriately pulled from Newsnight".

Ms Miller's office later claimed she had not intended to describe the decision over Newsnight as "inappropriate" and that her speaking notes showed she had meant to say the BBC "will look into the allegations that an item on Savile was inappropriately pulled". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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