Joe Utichi contributes to Deadline’s UK coverage
UPDATE: The Metropolitan Police has told the BBC it can begin its investigations into the culture and practices at the broadcaster during the time that late TV host Jimmy Savile is alleged to have sexually abused minors. Amid controversy over whether the BBC may have turned a blind eye to Savile’s alleged behavior, the corporation this week appointed independent reviewers to lead the inquiries, but said it would start only when authorities were ready. The police dubbed its own investigation into alleged exploitation by Savile and others, Operation Yewtree, and today says the case has become a formal criminal investigation. The Met says it has now assessed more than 400 lines of inquiry and identified over 200 potential victims. Not all the strands are tied to Savile, however. Without elaborating, the police said it has also established lines of inquiry involving living people that require formal investigation.
PREVIOUS: New BBC director general George Entwistle is to give evidence before a parliamentary committee next week over the BBC’s handling of the allegations against the former Top Of The Pops host Savile. At the same time, the BBC has been doing some juggling amid the recent controversy. Scheduling changes have been made “in the light of sensitivities surrounding recent events,” The Independent reports and talk shows have avoided the subject while “Chinese walls” have been erected over a planned segment on the Savile matter by BBC1’s investigative current affairs show Panorama. (more…)