Report on 'Savile sex abuse' scandal calls BBC 'chaotic, incapable'
A damning report into the BBC's handling of a an expose of former present Jimmy Savile has branded the media firm 'completely incapable' of dealing with the scandal when it was exposed.
The report revealed a culture of 'suspicion and mistrust' at the corporation, driven by factions and in-fighting with "rigid management chains".
According to the Guardian, a senior BBC executive resigned and another three were moved from their jobs following the publication of the 185-page report by Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News.
"This report shows that the level of chaos and confusion was even greater than was apparent at the time," the paper quoted Pollard, as saying.
"The efforts to get to the truth behind the Savile story proved beyond the combined efforts of the senior management, legal department, corporate communications team and anyone else for well over a month. Leadership and organisation seemed to be in short supply," he added.
According to the paper, the Newsnight's investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by the late 'Jim'll Fix It' presenter was abandoned last December.
The corporation found itself engulfed in a crisis it could not control after the revelations were broadcast in an ITV documentary in October.
The paper quoted Pollard, as saying that the decision to axe the Newsnight investigation into Savile was 'deeply flawed', but "done in good faith" by the programme's editor, Peter Rippon.