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In recent weeks, an old rivalry has resurfaced in the U.K., as commercial broadcaster ITV has dealt a blow to the taxpayer-supported BBC by airing a documentary in October that outlined the staggering child sex abuse claims leveled at colorful DJ and BBC host Jimmy Savile, who died in October 2011 at 84.

For reasons that are not yet clear, BBC's "Newsnight" show declined to air a program on the same subject late last year and now finds itself not only accused of harboring a pedophile for decades but also of a possible cover-up.

Launched in 1955, ITV broke the monopoly the BBC held on British television at a particularly sensitive time in U.K. history. Still recovering from World War II, Great Britain was also plunged into the Cold War, causing it to re-examine its relationship with America, which was emerging on the world stage as a superpower.

The sun was setting on the British Empire, »

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