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Torbay MP Adrian Sanders calls on BBC to get its 'act together' after Jimmy Savile claims

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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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'.

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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.

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  • Cruey  |  October 25 2012, 3:22PM

    Um children... when I was 14/15 I knew right from wrong ....... 300 is the number being stated now....I would like to make it very clear I am in no way condoning this but I am sick to death of hearing about it .... the man is dead therefore can't defend himself ...... and so many after all these years ???........ is there compensation involved here....... just asking....it is so easy to make allegations of this nature .... I am aware of two people who had very serious allegations made against them and it was proven they were innocent......

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  October 25 2012, 12:19PM

    This tawdry business seems to be giving a lot a people a stick to beat the BBC with whereas the real story is about Saville molesting children in the NHS/Government run Stoke Mandeville hospital. Is it that the Government is having a go at the BBC to draw attention away from the fact of incompetant security at Stoke Mandeville hospital?

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  • reptor2456  |  October 25 2012, 11:12AM

    WEll said below. Sanders....The man who only opens his mouth to up his own game and get his name in the local rag.. Does this man have no shame...seems not.

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  • realityzone  |  October 25 2012, 8:53AM

    I was wondering how long it would be before Adrian jumped on this bandwagon. He needs to consider though if the BBC, in its present form, has not past its sell by date. There is no reason, in this multi channel age, why it should have the complete monopoly of our license fee money. The funding should be shared with other broadcasters so that we can have a wider choice of none advert funded programmes especially on radio where the BBC has a monopoly of talks and drama. Competition for the money might concentrate minds at the BBC far better than the self serving BBC Trust.

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