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BBC to publish censored Newsnight Jimmy Savile report

The Pollard Review found that Newsnight’s decision to shelf the report in December 2011 had been “flawed”.

Image: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

THE BBC HAVE said they will publish thousands of pages of transcripts from an inquiry into Newsnight’s decision to drop its investigation into abuse by Jimmy Savile.

The Pollard Review, set up by the BBC, found that Newsnight’s decision to shelf the probe in December 2011 had been “flawed” but “done in good faith”.

The review denied claims of a cover-up  and that it was dropped to protect the image of Jimmy Savile, who died aged 84 in October 2011.

Police believe Savile abused hundreds of children and young people over five decades.

A number of staff changes were implemented after the Pollard Review was published.

The BBC is expected to publish online about 3,000 pages of emails, interviews and submissions from BBC executives and journalists, including Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman.

Another review looking at the culture and practices of the BBC during the years in which Savile worked there, is expected next year.

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