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Sexual Abuse Scandal Turns the Tables on BBC
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times


New York Times, October 18, 2012
Posted: October 23rd, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/world/europe/jimmy-savile-...

The story seemed perfect for the British Broadcasting Corporations hard-hitting Newsnight program: a nationally beloved television host, it seemed, had also been a pedophile who for decades preyed on young teenagers in hospitals, in childrens homes and in the halls of the BBC itself. But last December, as the segment neared completion, it was abruptly canceled by the editor in charge, who said there was not enough evidence to justify going ahead. That decision, and the BBCs earlier failure over four decades to investigate rumors about Mr. Saviles behavior, is now the subject of three independent investigations. But they are just the latest and most explosive elements in a scandal that seems to widen by the hour. With new victims of Mr. Savile coming forth daily, George Entwistle, who took over as the BBCs director general just a month ago, is facing embarrassing questions about what the corporation knew and why it did nothing. The Savile affair is by no means restricted to the BBC, drawing in some of Britains most important institutions. Scotland Yard has opened an investigation involving 14 other police forces and no fewer than 340 lines of inquiry; it said that from 1959 to 2006, Mr. Savile might have molested 60 or more underage girls. But politically the primary focus is on the BBC.

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