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

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.


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.”


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