BBC Botched DJ Sex Abuse Investigation: Report

The BBC was "completely incapable" of handling the child sex abuse scandal surrounding a long-time DJ and presenter, a new report set up by the British broadcaster has found — but it found no evidence of a cover-up. BBC program Newsnight had begun investigative reporting into a long history of child sex abuse by the late Jimmy Savile but had dropped it late last year. The new report, conducted by former Sky News head Nick Pollard, called the Newsnight decision to drop the Savile investigation "seriously flawed," finding that executives showed a "complete inability to deal with the events that followed" but also that their decision was made "in good faith." It slammed a host of BBC executives for their role in the scandal but also found the decision to drop the Newsnight probe had been "done in good faith." Deputy news director Stephen Mitchell stepped down after the report's release, and Newsnight editor Peter Rippon is being replaced, the Guardian reported.

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