Panorama: Jimmy Savile – What the BBC knew, Newsnight staff video interviews

Watch clips from tonight's programme in which Newsnight's Liz MacKean and Meirion Jones discuss the decision to shelve their report on Savile

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Tonight (10:35pm), BBC1 will screen a Panorama special, Jimmy Savile – What the BBC Knew, featuring a report on the decision by Newsnight editor Peter Rippon to shelve an investigation into the Savile sexual abuse case.

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The clips below are excerpts from interviews with Liz MacKean, a reporter on the BBC2 current affairs series, and Newsnight producer Meirion Jones.

MacKean says the programme “failed” the alleged victims she spoke to: “I felt we had a responsibility towards them… we did believe them and so for their stories not to be heard… I felt we’d let them down.”

Jones, meanwhile, shares his suprise at the sudden decision to stop the Newsnight investigation: “I was very surprised… we weren’t asked to find more evidence, we weren’t asked to get more people on camera, we were told to stop working on the story.”

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Panorama: Jimmy Savile – What the BBC Knew is tonight on BBC1 at 10:35pm