The Pollard Review - Appendices & Transcripts can be accessed here
Newsnight report 2011
Correction to Peter Rippon’s blog post (22.10.12)
“On the basis of material now available, it is apparent from information supplied by the Newsnight editor and programme team, that the explanation by the editor in his blog of his decision to drop the programme’s investigation is inaccurate or incomplete in some respects. The BBC regrets these errors and will work with the Pollard Review to assemble all relevant evidence to enable the review to determine the full facts.”
By way of correction and clarification:
1. The blog says that Newsnight had no evidence that anyone from the Duncroft home could or should have known about the allegations. In fact some allegations were made (mostly in general terms) that some of the Duncroft staff knew or may have known about the abuse.
2. The blog says that Newsnight had no evidence against the BBC. No allegation was made to the programme that BBC staff were aware of Mr Savile's alleged activities, but there were some allegations of abusive conduct on BBC premises.
3. The blog says that all the women spoken to by the programme had contacted the police independently already and that Newsnight had no new evidence against any other person that would have helped the police. It appears that in some cases women had not spoken to the police and that the police were not aware of all the allegations.
Peter Rippon stepping aside (22.10.12)
“We have today (Monday 22.10) announced that Peter Rippon is stepping aside with immediate effect from his post while the review by Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News into the management of Newsnight’s investigation, is carried out.”
BBC Statement issued to Panorama (22.10.12)
“The BBC is putting first and foremost the victims of Jimmy Savile’s abuse. That is why we have announced a Judge-led review with sweeping terms of reference to uncover exactly how this could have happened.
BBC management will, furthermore, make themselves available to a second independent review that will seek to establish what exactly happened at Newsnight. This will be led by Nick Pollard, former head of Sky News.
The Pollard Review is the right forum to resolve detailed issues relating to BBC programming and the Newsnight investigation. Panorama has every right to pursue its programme but nothing should be done to prejudge the Pollard Inquiry.
However, on the basis of information provided by the Newsnight editor and production team, BBC management has reached the view that there are inaccuracies in the Peter Rippon blog of 2nd October and has issued a corrective statement.
We should also make it clear we now accept that the Newsnight investigation did not start out as an investigation into the Surrey police’s handling of the case against Mr Savile.”
"The BBC has never denied that allegations have been put forward in relation to Jimmy Savile in recent months. It has simply stated that it has no record of any misconduct in relation to Savile according to written archive searches carried out to date. Mark Thompson has repeatedly made clear he had no personal knowledge of the allegations. While Ms Cecil recalls Mr Goslett telephoning her to complain about a Freedom Of Information request she does not recall that he mentioned the nature of the allegations against Savile."
Statement from Mark Thompson’s spokesman (27.10.12)
"Mark was not aware of the conversation between Miles Goslett and Jessica Cecil on May 18th, 2012. He was on holiday at the time and this brief conversation was not relayed to him, either then or subsequently. Mark does not recall being briefed and took no part in the response to the email in early September from ITV relating to its Jimmy Savile documentary. This response was handled by colleagues in BBC Journalism. As Mark has made it clear, he had no involvement in the decision not to proceed with the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile."
Number of current cases (02.11.12)
“All new allegations are passed to the BBC Investigations Unit or to the police as appropriate. Numbers will fluctuate both up and down as new allegations are made and investigated. Once they have been investigated – either resulting in further action or the matter being cleared and resolved – the cases will be closed.”
Allegations against named individuals (26.10.12)
“The BBC cannot comment on individual cases. It has asked that anyone with allegations of this nature should report them to the BBC’s Investigation Unit or the police directly.”
Questions relating to the Pollard and Jimmy Savile reviews (26.10.12)
“The BBC has launched two independent reviews into these matters led by Nick Pollard, former Head of Sky News, and Dame Janet Smith DBE. It would not be appropriate to comment further until these have been concluded.”
What will be published as part of Pollard review (23.10.12)
“With the exception of any legally required redactions the report will be published in full upon its conclusion.”
Appointment of Dinah Rose QC (23.10.12)
The BBC announced that it has appointed Dinah Rose QC to assist with its sexual harassment review. The appointment will assist the BBC in ensuring that anyone with a complaint is properly supported.
Working alongside the BBC’s own HR department, Rose will assist the BBC in reviewing its policies and processes relating to sexual harassment and ensuring existing structures and resources are properly deployed to guarantee support to any complainant. She will then make any recommendations for improvements that may be required.
The independent expert will report directly to BBC Director-General George Entwistle.
BBC Director-General George Entwistle said: “I am very grateful that Dinah Rose QC has agreed to help us look at these issues. The allegations that have arisen in the last few weeks that date back decades have truly shocked me. If there are lessons we can learn then we must do so to ensure that the mistakes of the past should never be repeated.”
Appointment of Dame Janet Smith DBE and Nick Pollard (16.10.12)
The BBC announced that former Court of Appeal judge Dame Janet Smith DBE will lead the independent review into Jimmy Savile and former Head of Sky News Nick Pollard will lead the review into Newsnight.
Dame Janet and Nick Pollard have been appointed by the BBC Executive Board, chaired in this instance by Dame Fiona Reynolds, and agreed by the BBC Trust.
The Pollard Review will seek to establish whether there were any failings in the BBC’s management of the Newsnight investigation relating to allegations of sexual abuse of children by Jimmy Savile, including the broadcast of tribute programmes on the BBC.
The review will also look at the BBC’s handling of material that might have been of interest to the police or relevant authorities.
Dame Janet will lead the review into the culture and practices of the BBC during the years that Jimmy Savile worked at the BBC. It will also examine whether the BBC’s child protection and whistleblowing policies are fit for purpose.
Dame Janet will be assisted, as required, by an expert in the safeguarding of children. Dame Janet and Nick Pollard will be provided with legal support independent of the BBC’s management.
Dame Fiona Reynolds said: “These reviews will demonstrate the BBC’s determination to open itself fully to scrutiny from independent experts, emphasising our belief that the basis of the public’s trust is full openness and accountability.”
BBC working with other charities (30.10.12)
“We are discussing a number of ideas with various charities.”
Children in Need (27.10.12)
“We are currently supporting 2,665 organisations which are addressing a range of needs. We have a strong track record of funding projects that support children and young people who are at risk of or have experienced some form of sexual abuse. We are currently funding 27 projects to the value of £1.9 million in this area."
Legal claims relating to abuse made against the BBC (31.10.12)
“We’re unable to comment on any legal claims of this nature made against the corporation.”
Legal costs (26.10.12)
“Given the importance of ensuring that the review is conducted both fairly and as a matter of urgency, the BBC will where appropriate provide assistance with the legal costs of relevant employees.”