Audio file raises doubts over BBC’s handling of Savile scandal

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The ‘Guido Fawkes’ blog has today published an audio file that casts doubt over the BBC Trust’s handling of the Jimmy Savile child-abuse scandal.

The publication comes after Trust Chairman Lord Patten yesterday threatened legal action over the file.

The recording features Pollard Review chairman Nick Pollard confessing that he made a ‘mistake’ by excluding key evidence about former BBC chief Mark Thompson from his final report on the scandal.

Two months after the report’s publication, initial concerns were raised over key evidence being omitted. Despite this, Lord Patten defended the report to Parliament saying:

“I am saying that Nick Pollard did a report that was well received and well regarded, not least because it was so blisteringly honest about some of the failures in the BBC.”

He added: “I have no reason to suppose that we shouldn’t accept that report.”

You can listen to the audio file below, courtesy of


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