Thursday 21 November 2019

Ex-judge to lead BBC's Savile probe

Former High Court judge Janet Smith and ex-Sky News executive Nick Pollard are to lead the BBC's independent reviews stemming from the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations.

The corporation last week announced separate inquiries and now the heads have been appointed by the BBC Executive and agreed by the BBC Trust.

Ms Smith will lead the examination of the "culture and practices of the BBC" during the years Savile worked there.

And Mr Pollard, a former Head of Sky News, will look into whether there were any "failings" in the way a 'Newsnight' report was handled.

The report was dropped late last year and there have been repeated suggestions the decision was made because the BBC was already planning to do more favourable programmes, which the BBC has denied.

Irish Independent

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