BBC Editor Quits Over Abuse Scandal

    People leave the BBC building, in the corporation's West London headquarters, 21 March 2005. The BBC is to axe 2050 jobs in a second wave of cuts to save hundreds of millions of pounds, the corporation announced 22 March 2005. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA        (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A top BBC editor is stepping aside after giving “inaccurate” information about why he stopped an investigation into Sir Jimmy Savile, a prominent British personality on the network who is posthumously accused of abusing hundreds of teenage girls. The BBC said Monday that Peter Rippon’s explanation that the segment was killed last December for editorial reasons was “incomplete.” Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Savile allegedly abused the girls in hospitals, children’s homes, and on BBC property. The BBC program Panorama is airing its own look at Rippon’s claims and has sources that claim they had been working on the story for a month before Rippon told them to stop.

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