Twitter Sparks Fresh BBC row over Newsnight ‘paedophile’ politician probe

The politician told The Telegraph he denied the claims, which relate to alleged abuse at a children’s home, and would sue the Corporation if they were aired.

By Steven Swinford and Sam Marsden

The show, broadcast on Friday night, did not name the politician.

The investigation comes after the BBC was accused of covering up a previous Newsnight investigation into allegations that Jimmy Savile abused children.

Journalists at the flagship current affairs programme accused the BBC of pulling their report last December because the Corporation had planned Christmas tribute shows about the late presenter and DJ.

Details of Newsnight’s latest probe leaked out at 10am on Friday morning after a Tweet by Iain Overton, editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which had been working on the story for the BBC.

“If all goes well we’ve got a Newsnight out tonight about a very senior political figure who is a paedophile,” he wrote.

Rob Wilson, the Conservative MP for Reading East, said Newsnight’s handling of the highly sensitive allegations about a senior politician raised fresh questions about the BBC’s management…

Read more at: Telegraph


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One Response to “Twitter Sparks Fresh BBC row over Newsnight ‘paedophile’ politician probe”

  1. James Says:

    Sorry this is a bit off the line, (it’s all connected in reallity) but I would just like to make a comment about the BBC management and that is, One of them was on, “Have I Got News For You” last night, called William Gompertz. He seemed to go out of his way to attack David Icke. But if their was ever anyone that needs looking at, it would be him. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s what came out of that cover and why that is of concern. The whole of the BBC’s governing and implementing structures, are involved in this to some degree and i think you will find this “William Gompertz” was playing his part to the full and enjoying himself in doing so.

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