BBC could face public inquiry over Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal
The BBC could face a full public inquiry into the Jimmy Savile child sex claims if the broadcaster's investigations 'do not get to the truth of the affair', a senior Conservative Cabinet minister has warned.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, said: "If the investigations are considered not to suffice because of issues around transparency, process or other such things, then a public inquiry remains an option."
The BBC has launched two inquiries, one into why a Newsnight investigation into Savile was abandoned, and another into the culture and practices at the corporation.
However, it has not committed to publish all of the evidence.
According to the report, Miller has already 'crossed swords' with Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, and said that it was vital that the inquiries are "able to follow the evidence wherever it takes them".
Miller, however, has refused to back down and said that "the real challenge for the BBC is to make sure that the outcome of these reviews really gets to the bottom of these accusations."
She stressed that it is 'particularly' important that the BBC publishes all evidence to the investigations, which so far it has refused to do.