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Leadership at BBC 'in short supply'

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Published on Dec 19, 2012

Nick Pollard, the former Sky News boss who chaired the inquiry into the BBC's handling of allegations surrounding Jimmy Savile says his report shows that the level of chaos and confusion at the BBC was even greater than was apparent at the time.

The BBC's decision to drop a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile's child abuse was "flawed" but was not taken to avoid a clash with planned tribute programmes to the presenter, a report has concluded.

Nick Pollard, a former head of Sky News who carried out a two-month investigation into the affair, said the most troubling aspect of the scandal was not the decision to drop the investigation but "the complete inability to deal with the events that followed".

The decision to abort the Savile investigation "started a chain of events that was to prove disastrous for the BBC" and led to "one of the worst management crises in the BBC's history", Mr Pollard's 185-page report says.

It also reveals that George Entwistle, who resigned as director general last month and who commissioned tribute programmes to Savile, was sent an email two years ago warning him of Savile's "darker side" but did not read it.

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