TRUST in the BBC has been damaged over its handling of sex abuse claims against former presenter Jimmy Savile, according to Torbay MP Adrian Sanders.
But the Lib Dem politician (pictured) was confident this can be regained if the broadcaster got its 'act together'.
It comes after BBC director general George Entwistle was urged to 'get a grip' on his organisation during a hostile grilling by MPs after the BBC's Panorama programme broadcast an investigation into Savile and into the decision to ditch the Newsnight film, at a time when he was head of TV.
It also led to the admission by the BBC that it is investigating nine allegations of 'sexual harassment, assault or inappropriate conduct among current staff and contributors'.
During his appearance before members of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Mr Entwistle faced criticism over the decision not to broadcast a Newsnight investigation, including interviews with victims.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Sanders, who sits on the select committee, said: "It's one of the most damaging things to happen to the BBC in my memory.
"It's an institution we trust. There's a feeling that trust has been lost but it can be regained.
"To date, they have reacted a bit slow.
"They need to get their own act together and show that no stone has been left unturned."
He was confident it could regain public trust.
"It's too big and institution and too much a part of our lives," said Mr Sanders.