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British PM criticises BBC over Savile scandal

Published on Oct 22, 2012 11:24 PM

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron accused the BBC on Monday of changing its story about late TV entertainer 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 result of the growing accusations of a cover-up by the world's largest public broadcaster.

The BBC said a blog by Mr Rippon, in which he explained why a show about Mr 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 Mr 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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