British PM Cameron criticises BBC over Savile scandal
Published on Oct 23, 2012 8:43 AM
LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron accused the BBC on Monday of changing its story about Jimmy Savile as an editor who dropped an investigation into sex abuse claims against the late star stepped aside.
Mr Peter Rippon, editor of the BBC's flagship current affairs programme Newsnight, became the first head to roll as a documentary aired on Monday accused the world's largest public broadcaster of a cover-up.
The BBC said a blog by Mr Rippon, in which he explained why a show about Savile was dropped in December last year for editorial reasons, was "inaccurate or incomplete in some respects" and has been corrected.
Mr Cameron said the country was "appalled" by the growing claims against Savile, who with his jangling jewellery and shiny tracksuits was one of British television's best-loved stars before his death last year aged 84.
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