Trust statement on correction to blog by Newsnight editor Peter Rippon

Date: 22.10.2012     Last updated: 23.09.2014 at 09.48
Category: Press releases

The BBC Executive has today issued a correction to a blog from Newsnight editor Peter Rippon, published on 2 October 2012. The Trust has issued the following response:

"It is deeply concerning that there have been inaccuracies in the BBC's own description of what happened in relation to the Newsnight investigation. While it is right that the Director General should seek to correct those inaccuracies, the public will want to know, as the Trust does, exactly what happened. The Chairman has therefore today asked for and received confirmation that Nick Pollard's independent inquiry will fully investigate how these inaccuracies came about and the handling of them once they became apparent.

"In line with its responsibilities to the public, the Trust wants the inquiry to comprehensively establish the facts surrounding the Newsnight issue as soon as possible. The inquiry will reach its conclusions independently of the BBC Trust and the Executive Board, and the Trust will publish the reports along with any actions it sees necessary as a result."