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There seemed to be every sign of that late Monday. Murdoch’s The Sun newspaper said that BBC chiefs were “accused of betraying license fee payers by misleading the public over pervert Jimmy Savile.” BBC’s revenues are paid by license fees from viewers.

Asked how the BBC could have avoided some of the scandal, producer Meirion Jones answered: “Very easily. By broadcasting a story about Jimmy Savile and how he was a pedophile.”

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Associated Press writers David Stringer and Robert Barr in London contributed to this report.