Anorak | Newsnight editor Peter Rippon ‘quits’ over Jimmy Savile story: George Entwhistle is toast

Newsnight editor Peter Rippon ‘quits’ over Jimmy Savile story: George Entwhistle is toast

by | 21st, October 2012

NEWSNIGHT editor Peter Rippon has quit over the fallout from his decision to spike the Jimmy Savile sex story.

Well, so says the Daily Mail on its front page. But on twitter, Nick Sutton tweets that Rippon has not quit.

Has the Mail made a howler? No. Rippon has stepped aside.

Panorama says Rippon WAS under pressure from his superiors at the BBC to drop the story that Jimmy Savile was a predatory paedophile.

Panorama says Rippon was warned that pulling story would lead to claims of a “cover-up”.

The Mail says one head has rolled. Another is coming?

The Mail says this is the worst crisis at the BBC for 50 years. Does anyone know what happened in 1962?

The 50 years quote is attributed to John Simpson, the BBC Foreign Editor, who tells Panorama :

“This is the worst crisis that I can remember in my nearly 50 years at the BBC. All we have as an organisation is the trust of the people the people that watch us and listen to us.”

George Entwhistle looks doomed. Entwhistle is the new Director-General of the BBC.

The Indy reports:

A leading journalist on the original Savile exposé, Liz MacKean, has told Mr Entwistle he is mistaken in the account he has given to the BBC’s staff and that the Corporation has issued “repeated misleading statements”…

Liz MacKen has damaged trust in the

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