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LONDON (AP) - The BBC faced growing fallout Monday over sexual abuse allegations against a popular children’s TV entertainer, as Prime Minister David Cameron accused the broadcaster of changing its story about why it killed a news segment on the accusations.
The venerable broadcaster tried to stem the damage, saying in a statement that a top editor had stepped down from its BBC Newsnight program after he was accused of giving incomplete, inaccurate explanations for the decision to keep an investigation of the late Jimmy Savile from being broadcast in December.
The scandal is one of the worst to rock the BBC, long a key player in British public life and often cited as one of the most trusted sources of accurate, unbiased information.
Police are investigating accusations against Savile and say there may be more than 200 potential victims of the entertainer, the longtime host of the BBC’s “Top of the Pops” and “Jim’ll Fix It,” recognized for his garish track suits and platinum hair.
“The nation is appalled, we are all appalled by the allegations of what Jimmy Savile did and they seem to get worse by the day,” Cameron said, accusing the BBC of changing its story about why it decided not to broadcast the piece.
The BBC’s tough statement about editor Peter Rippon deepened the suspicion that there had been a cover-up. It is suspected of pulling the Newsnight segment because of its harsh portrayal of Savile, who was hailed as a popular fixture in children’s TV when he died at 84 last year.
The BBC plans to air its own investigation into its actions on a show Monday night.
BBC is publicly funded through its license fees and various commercial enterprises; it enjoys a large degree of independence from government but is subject to legislation passed by Parliament.
It also faulted Rippon for saying that all the abuse victims interviewed by the program had told police about the abuse, when in some cases the women had not done so, meaning that police were “not aware of all the allegations” against Savile.
In addition, BBC said Rippon had indicated that there was no evidence that anyone working at the Duncroft school was aware of allegations that Savile had abused girls there, when in fact there were indications that “some of the Duncroft staff knew or may have known about the abuse.”
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