Savile scandal 'worst BBC crisis for 50 years': Senior reporter
LONDON (AFP) - Unfolding claims of sexual abuse against late BBC star Jimmy Savile have plunged Britain's national broadcaster into its biggest crisis for 50 years, a senior reporter has warned.
Veteran BBC foreign editor John Simpson explained in an interview to be aired on Monday that the scandal had left the broadcaster in a "very dangerous" position.
The BBC is fending off reports that it pulled an investigation into Savile's behaviour because it would have clashed with tribute programmes to the entertainer, who died last year aged 84.
"This is the worst crisis that I can remember in my nearly 50 years at the BBC," Mr Simpson says on BBC1's flagship investigative show, Panorama. "I don't think the BBC has handled it terribly well.