Thompson 'told of Savile abuse'
Former BBC director general Mark Thompson has been dragged into the Jimmy Savile scandal after The Sunday Times claimed his office was formally told about abuse allegations on two occasions. A spokesman for Mr Thompson says he was not told of the claims on either occasion.
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has pledged again today to get to the bottom of the Savile allegations, and said he would “make any and every change necessary” after the facts were revealed.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he outlined some of the key questions he wanted answered: “Did some turn a blind eye to criminality? Did some prefer not to follow up their suspicions because of this criminal’s popularity and place in the schedules? Were reports of criminality put aside or buried? Even those of us who were not there at the time are inheritors of the shame.”
The Government appears to be backing away from the idea that it should set up an overarching independent inquiry, as advocated by Labour, to look into the allegations. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Andrew Marr Show this morning: "There is always a danger, if you set up a very substantial inquiry process of that kind, that it takes much longer to get to the truth."
Former pop star Gary Glitter was this morning arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating the Savile abuse claims. He's been taken from his home into custody at a London police station, according to reports.
It comes as a plan to fast-track graduates into social work has been approved by Michael Gove in the wake of recent revelations, according to the Independent on Sunday. The Education Secretary wants the new programme, called Frontline, to revolutionise social work and bring prestige and a sense of "social mission" to the profession.