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Danny Alexander thanks Exaro for uncovering tax scandal

Minister makes statement to Parliament on civil servants who work ‘off payroll’ By Hui Shan Khoo, Susan Cooke and Alex Varley-Winter | 23 May 2012 Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander today paid tribute to Exaro in Parliament for exposing the scandal of civil servants being paid ‘off payroll’. Announcing the results of a review by the UK Treasury into […]

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Jimmy Savile hid abuse on Top of the Pops in ‘plain sight’

Janet Smith’s review: ‘testosterone-laden’ show masked presenter’s assaults on girls By David Hencke, Alex Varley-Winter and Mark Watts | 20 January 2016 Jimmy Savile hid his abuse of girls while working as a presenter on Top of the Pops in “plain sight”, Dame Janet Smith’s inquiry finds. The retired judge says that the programme’s “testosterone-laden atmosphere” masked Savile’s predatory sexual behaviour […]

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Online Media Awards shortlists Exaro for best breaking story

Exaro is nominated for revealing details of Smith review into Sir Jimmy Savile and BBC By Exaro Team | 5 May 2016 “The Drum Online Media Awards identify the cleverest, boldest and most original purveyors of news and views from around the world” – Online Media Awards Exaro has been nominated for ‘breaking news story of the year’ […]

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Janet Smith clashes with DJ ‘A7’ over abuse inquiry at BBC

TOTP DJ’s lawyers threaten ex-judge over report on sexual attacks by Jimmy Savile By David Hencke and Alex Varley-Winter | 26 January 2016 Retired judge Dame Janet Smith has clashed with an unnamed disc-jockey over her inquiry into BBC star Sir Jimmy Savile, Exaro can reveal. The unnamed DJ is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, Claire McAlpine, who committed […]

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Jimmy Savile: Janet Smith’s damning review leaked to Exaro

BBC’s ‘deferential culture’, ‘untouchable’ stars and ‘above the law’ managers blamed By David Hencke, Alex Varley-Winter, Mark Watts and Tim Wood | 20 January 2016 Retired judge Dame Janet Smith condemns BBC culture over Sir Jimmy Savile’s paedophile activities at the broadcaster in her inquiry report leaked to Exaro. In a searing indictment of the BBC, Smith criticises the corporation for a […]

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BBC staff feared reporting Jimmy Savile’s activities to bosses

Janet Smith’s review: victims at broadcaster had to put up with star’s conduct or leave By David Hencke, Alex Varley-Winter and Mark Watts | 20 January 2016 BBC employees were too afraid to report to managers Sir Jimmy Savile’s predatory sexual behaviour even when they were the victims themselves. That is a key finding of Dame Janet Smith, the retired judge, in […]

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Many of Jimmy Savile’s sexual attacks linked directly to BBC

Janet Smith’s review: TV and radio star raped one underage girl in studio storeroom By David Hencke, Alex Varley-Winter and Mark Watts | 20 January 2016 BBC star Sir Jimmy Savile engaged in “unlawful or inappropriate” sexual conduct linked to corporation premises at least 61 times, finds Dame Janet Smith’s inquiry. Her inquiry report – leaked to Exaro – says that these […]

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BBC stars blast Jimmy Savile in damning evidence to inquiry

Janet Smith’s review: Andy Kershaw, Esther Rantzen, Terry Wogan among witnesses By David Hencke, Alex Varley-Winter, Mark Watts and Tim Wood | 20 January 2016 Several well-known BBC presenters told the inquiry into Sir Jimmy Savile’s sexual assaults at the broadcaster of their personal dislike for him, Exaro can reveal. Many said that they had heard rumours about Savile’s predatory sexual behaviour, […]

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Janet Smith’s review: chapters 1, 2, conclusions & afterword

Key extracts: setting up Jimmy Savile review, BBC’s culture and summary of report By David Hencke, Alex Varley-Winter and Mark Watts | 20 January 2016 Exaro publishes key extracts from Dame Janet Smith’s conclusions and indictment of BBC culture in her inquiry report on Sir Jimmy Savile’s paedophile activities. The retired judge’s draft report – leaked to Exaro – condemns BBC […]

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Whistleblowing at BBC ‘worse’ than in Jimmy Savile’s time

Janet Smith’s review: ‘widespread reluctance’ remains within broadcaster to complain By David Hencke, Alex Varley-Winter and Mark Watts | 20 January 2016 Fear of whistleblowing at the BBC is “even worse” today than in paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile’s era, Dame Janet Smith concludes in her inquiry report. In the draft report of her “review” of Savile’s paedophile activities at the BBC, which […]