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Will take time to regain audience trust after Savile crisis: BBC

Last Updated: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 13:21

London: BBC director general George Entwistle has admitted the media firm has failed to get things right since sexual abuse allegations against former presenter Jimmy Savile emerged.

The executive confessed he realised it would take time to “regain the trust of the audience”.

Speaking at an international conference for public broadcasters he admitted that he was ``determined`` to restore the sense of pride in the BBC that viewers had during the London 2012 Olympics.

“It’s difficult to overestimate what a traumatic time the last few weeks have been for some people in the UK,” the Daily Mail quoted him, as saying.

“And the BBC has been at the heart of the story. Jimmy Savile was a BBC entertainer. It’s become apparent that some of the assaults he carried out were on BBC premises,” he said.

“But although many of Savile’s crimes were committed decades ago, we are inheritors of the BBC’s past. And I should be the first to admit that we haven’t got everything right since this crisis started,” he added.

According to the paper, the BBC has set up three independent reviews in the wake of the paedophilia revelations.

One to establish why a Newsnight investigation into the scandal was shelved, another to look back at the culture and practices during Savile’s time at the BBC, and a third looking at processes for reporting sexual harassment.


First Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 13:20
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