News Summary: Report blames chaos for BBC scandal

Report absolves BBC executives of trying to bury sex-abuse scandal, blames chaos, not cover-up

Associated Press

REVIEW FINDINGS: A BBC review has absolved senior executives of trying to bury an explosive story about one of its best-known children's television stars, saying management errors were to blame for the fact that a planned expose on pedophilia allegations against the late Jimmy Savile was canceled.

NOT COVER-UP: Institutional confusion — but not a cover-up — was to blame for the BBC's disastrous decision to scrap the "Newsnight" program, the review found Wednesday.

THE BACKGROUND: When the rival ITV network broadcast a similar expose in October about Savile, who died in 2011, the BBC came under fire for both harboring an alleged serial sex abuser for decades and for killing its own story about him.

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