BBC Scandal Update; McAlpine Suing, Paxman returning to 'Newsnight'

It has emerged today that Lord McAlpine is planning on suing everyone he possibly can that may of incriminated him in the BBC paedophile scandal, that began with an ITV documentary revealing Jimmy Savile's seedy past.

On the 8th November episode of 'This Morning', the live magazine programme broadcast on ITV1, British Prime Minister David Cameron, was confronted by host Phillip Schofield with a list of alleged paedophiles in the public eye, after he had conducted a three minute google search. Due to a "misjudged" camera angle, certain names on the list were exposed to the camera. One of these names was that of Lord Alistair McAlpine, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher whilst she was the prime minister. Cameron at the time refused to even look at the list as he was concerned that it would lead to "some sort of witch hunt" against "gay men". (A questionable comment made by the leader of the country)

When viewers of the show saw the list many took to Twitter and although Schofield and members of the 'This Morning' production team were allegedly reprimanded, the damage had already been done. McAlpine has not been arrested or questioned officially regarding any allegations but today has been rumoured to be suing iTV for £500,000 in damages. His lawyer Andrew Reid is allegedly looking to sue anybody who may of used the social networking site to liken him to the alleged abuse.

Over to BBC Two's nightly news programme were the scandal may of first began. In December 2011 a investigation into Savile was scrapped by the head of the programme Peter Rippon. Rippon made another mistake recently letting a report go on the air accusing various conservative MP's of been embroiled in been paedophiles also. When the report sparked outrage across the country, Rippon temporarily steppd down from his position. George Entwhistle who was in charge of the BBC at the time, stood down and over the weekend rumours of host Jeremy Paxman (now in his twenty third year on the show) stepping down also hit the British press.

However Paxman has returned from filming a new series for the BBC and has cleared up any rumours with the following statement;

"I have been away filming, but I will definitely be there on Wednesday (November 21)."

He then gave his thoughts on Entwhistle's resignation and talked about the budget cuts set to come into force on 'Newnight'

"He (Entwhistle) has been brought low by cowards and incompetents. The real problem here is the BBC's decision, in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry, to play safe by appointing biddable people.

They then compounded the problem by enforcing a series of cuts on programme budgets, while bloating the management. That is how you arrive at the current mess on Newsnight."

The scandals continue as the official investigations have also now begun. ITV is set to air another documentary on Savile this week. 'Exposure Update: The Jimmy Savile Investigation' will air this Wednesday night on ITV1 between 10.35pm and 11.35pm.

- This Morning
- Newsnight
- Exposure (UK)

Written by: TomSouthwell
Nov 19th, 2012, 2:26 pm

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