Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Jimmy Savile: BBC restricts Smith review’s terms of reference

Questions over BBC policies on child protection have been quietly removed from the terms of reference for the broadcaster’s inquiry into paedophile Jimmy Savile.

Exaro can reveal how the BBC told Dame Janet Smith, the retired judge who is conducting the review,that it wanted to take away this key element from her remit.

Mystery remains over the delay in publication of the damning review after exaro revealed last month that it already takes account of police concerns about potential prejudice to ongoing criminal investigations.

The broadcaster changed the terms of reference so that the Smith review should no longer "consider whether the BBC's current child-protection and whistleblowing policies are fit for purpose.  (more...)


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