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Ex-BBC Boss Testifies at Inquiry on Canceled Investigation of Jimmy Savile Scandal

November 24, 2012 (3:44 am) GMT
Mark Thompson has flown to London to answer questions about the alleged intervention in 'Newsnight' investigation of Savile's sexual abuse case.

Former Director General of BBC, Mark Thompson, appeared before a closed-door inquiry led by Nick Pollard in London on Friday, November 23 on BBC scandal. He's expected to testify in an aborted investigation into a sexual abuse case against the late Jimmy Savile.

Thompson, who is currently serving as the president and chief executive of The New York Times Company, answered questions about his knowledge in Savile scandal. He's also expected to give evidence in the "Newsnight" aborted investigation into Savile sexual abuse allegations.

The former BBC exec previously claimed he had no knowledge of the allegations against the former "Top of the Pops" host until a documentary about Savile aired on ITV at the beginning of October.

In September, lawyers on behalf of Thompson sent a legal letter to the Sunday Times threatening to sue the paper for libel if he was accused of editorial interference. While he denied allegation of suppressing the "Newsnight" investigation, critics thought his act to send the letter indicated he knew more about the Savile abuse scandal than he had said.

An unnamed aide to Thompson later claimed that the former BBC chief indeed orally authorized the letter, but he did not know details of its content.

Pollard, the former head of Sky News, hasn't released any statements about details of the inquiry. He recently said that he would provide his report in the inquiry to BBC in mid-December, not in November as originall planned.

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