The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has said that the firm will hold an internal inquiry into the allegations that TV star Jimmy Savile sexually abused children in its premises.
George Entwistle, the BBC Director-General, also said that the firm would probe a toxic culture of impunity among presenters during the 1970s and 1980s.
Entwistle, during an interview with BBC Radio 4, said he would ‘take it further and ensure that any outstanding questions are answered properly.’
According to the Telegraph, he apologised on behalf of the BBC for the allegations initially made in an ITV documentary last week, which have since seen tens of women come forward with accounts of molestation and assault.
“These are awful allegations that have been made, and they are criminal allegations. The women involved here have gone through something awful, and something I deeply regret they have had to go through,” the paper quoted him, as saying.
“I would should like to apologise on behalf of each and every one of them,” he added.
According to the paper, Entwistle added that the police investigation currently underway would have to be completed before the BBC began an internal inquiry into how Savile was allegedly able to molest children on its premises.