BBC refuses to release all the evidence from licence fee-funded report into Savile scandal
00:01 GMT, 29 November 2012
Not all the evidence gathered during the BBC's inquiry into the shelving of a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile will be automatically available to licence fee payers.
The review – led by former head of Sky News Nick Pollard – is being funded from the licence fee.
But lawyers acting for the review said that while Mr Pollard would examine all submissions in compiling his report, only directly relevant interview transcripts and emails will be included in the appendix to the publicly available report.
Investigation: Former head of Sky News Nick Pollard is leading the review in the Savile scandal
The findings of the Pollard Inquiry into the handling of Newsnight's aborted investigation into sexual abuse by Savile will be made public next month.
A second review led by Dame Janet Smith, looking at the culture and practices of the BBC during the years in which the late DJ and presenter worked there, could take much longer.
Acting director general Tim Davie has confirmed that the BBC has already paid 200,000 for legal costs of employees questioned by the Pollard Review to date.
Around 40 people are eligible for assistance and the BBC has placed a tentative cap of 50,000 on legal fees for individuals.
Mr Davie said the 50,000 figure would only be applicable in 'extreme cases' and estimated that for the few heavily involved in the inquiry, the costs for lawyers would be around 10,000.
Angie Bray, a Conservative member of the Commons media select committee, commented: 'We would expect to see everything that Nick Pollard sees or hears.'
The Pollard Inquiry is looking into the handling of Newsnight's aborted investigation into sexual abuse by Savile. The programme is presented by Jeremy Paxman (pictured)
Speaking to the media select committee on Tuesday, BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten said: 'We will publish everything the Pollard review reports.'
But a source involved in the inquiry said: 'There will be an appendix which will feature all details and information relating to what is set out in the report and the conclusions.
'The report is independent and will be comprehensive. There are more than 10,000 documents so far, so to attach all of them in an appendix would be farcical.'
It is understood all evidence and material gathered for the Pollard review will be passed to the BBC. It will then be up to the corporation to decide if it will make every submission available to the public.
An insider said: 'From the BBC's point of view, transparency is the starting point. The aim is to disclose as much as is possible and within what is allowed by law.'
A BBC spokesman said: 'With the exception of any legally required redactions [material edited out], the report will be published in full upon its conclusion.'