Jimmy Savile was a disc jockey, television presenter and media personality, best known for his BBC television show Jim'll Fix It. In October 2012, the Metropolitan Police opened an investigation into allegations that at the height of his fame, Jimmy Savile had sexually abused young teenage girls. Investigations have also begun into past practices at some of the places where he had worked, notably the BBC.
On 12 October, George Entwistle, the Director-General of the BBC, announced the establishment of two independent reviews. The first inquiry will examine whether there were failings in the BBC's management of a Newsnight investigation into claims that Jimmy Savile abused youngsters; and the second inquiry will assess the culture and practices of the BBC, during and after Jimmy Savile worked for the organisation.
This evidence session provides the Committee with an opportunity to question the Director-General about the two independent reviews; the safeguards and vetting procedures that would have been in place when Jimmy Savile was appointed by the BBC; and steps that can be taken to ensure existing policies on dealing with sexual harassment allegations work effectively.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
- George Entwistle, Director-General, BBC
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