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BBC in crisis statement

Culture spokesman Viscount Younger of Leckie repeated as a statement the answer to a Commons urgent question on the BBC's current crisis, on 12 November 2012.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller responded to the urgent question in the Commons, which was tabled by her opposite number, Harriet Harman.

Mrs Miller reminded the BBC Trust of its duty "to ensure value for money", remarking that outgoing director general George Entwistle's £450,000 pay-off was "hard to justify".

She told MPs that "ultimately, the only organisation that can restore the public's trust in the BBC is the BBC itself".

The secretary of state called on the BBC to respond "decisively and quickly" to its investigation into Newsnight's decision to shelve a report on allegations that Jimmy Savile was guilty of sexual crimes.

Labour called on Mr Entwistle to return half of his severance payment.

Mr Entwistle resigned on 10 November in the wake of a Newsnight report which led to a former Conservative treasurer being wrongly accused of child abuse.

He said that as the editor-in-chief he was "ultimately responsible for all content" and "decided that the honourable thing to do [was] to step down from the post of director general".

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