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British MPs Question BBC Director-General Over Sex Abuse Cover-Up Claims

Complaints that were allegedly covered up were about the performer Jimmy Saville, now dead,


The BBC's new director-general George Entwistle was on Tuesday grilled for two hours by MPs over allegations that the broadcaster covered up complaints of widespread sexual abuse of women and children by late Jimmy Savile, once one of its most pampered celebrity performers.

Mr Entwistle was summoned before a special hearing of the Commons Culture Committee as the BBC struggled to defend its controversial decision to drop a report which investigated the Savile sex abuse scandal.