Newsnight reporter Liz MacKean leaves the BBC

Liz MacKean during Panorama interview Liz MacKean was critical of the decision to drop the Savile programme

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The Newsnight reporter who worked on the shelved Jimmy Savile programme that threw the BBC into crisis has left the corporation after more than 20 years.

Liz MacKean tweeted about her last day at the BBC on Tuesday. She told her 2800 followers: 'Set little store by dreams, but woke up dreaming I was driving at a wall unable to swerve. Last day at BBC! Sure it's a coincidence.'

MacKean was highly critical of the decision to axe the Newsnight programme about Savile. The journalist had interviewed some of the victims and believed they had a credible story.

She told a Panorama programme in October: 'I was very unhappy the story didn't run because I felt we had spoken to people who collectively deserved to be heard and they weren't heard and I thought that that was a failure.'

The reporter also added that she felt 'responsible' towards the victims and felt she had let them down.

In December, MacKean criticised former Newsnight editor Peter Rippon for not watching the interviews with the main witnesses from Duncroft School for vulnerable girls, filmed as part of the programme's investigations.

In statement she read outside New Broadcasting House after the publication of the Pollard report, she said: 'Our editor didn't watch the interview with our main witness. Nick Pollard did and found her credible and compelling, as did we.'

MacKean - who has taken voluntary redundancy - joined Newsnight in 2000, having previously worked as a reporter at BBC Hereford and Worcester, a presenter for BBC Breakfast and a correspondent in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Rippon, who was responsible for the decision to axe the Savile programme, has since moved to oversee the development of the online BBC News archive.

Meirion Jones, the Newsnight investigations producer who worked with MacKean on the Savile story, is now at Panorama.

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