BBC chief: Newsnight's Jimmy Savile investigation should have continued

The BBC director general has admitted that after seeing the Panorama documentary on the Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations, he believes the earlier Newsnight investigation into the claims should have continued.

George Entwistle told a committee of MPs on Tuesday that with hindsight he was surprised the Newsnight investigation into Savile was stopped by programme editor Peter Rippon in late 2011 and that "further investigation would have been appropriate".

"I came away from the Panorama firmly of the view that that investigation ... should have been allowed to continue," Entwistle said, referring to Monday night's Panorama special.

"On the basis of what I now know I am surprised nothing further happened with it," he added, appearing before the Commons culture, media and sport select committee to answer questions on the BBC's handling of the Savile scandal.
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