BBC Director General George Entwistle
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BBC boss George Entwistle: Savile abuse claims are 'awful'

8 October 2012 Last updated at 10:54 BST

The director general of the BBC has said an internal examination of allegations of sexual abuse by the late TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile will be carried out - but only once the police investigation is over.

The corporation is coming under increasing pressure to hold a formal inquiry.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, George Entwistle said that at this stage, it was most important to provide full support and co-operation to the police.