(AP) Report blames chaos, not cover-up, for BBC scandal
An internal report into the BBC’s handling of a pedophilia scandal surrounding one of its best-known children’s presenters is blaming weak management for failing to get to grips with the story.
But the review has absolved any BBC executives of trying to bury the potential embarrassing story, saying that confusion and poor leadership were to blame for the fact that a planned expose about the presenter, Jimmy Savile, was never aired.
When a rival broadcaster later aired a similar expose, the BBC came under fire both for harboring an alleged serial sex abuser for decades and for killing its own story.
The review was carried out by Nick Pollard, the former head of another BBC rival, Sky News.