Pollard Review and Newsnight Review
Chairman Colin Browne spoke on behalf of VLV on Radio 4’s PM on the day of publication, emphasising the need for the BBC to re-establish trust and confidence with its viewers and listeners. Both reviews were published just before Christmas – and can be read in full on the BBC and BBC Trust websites. The BBC said that it ‘welcomed Nick Pollard’s conclusion that the decision to drop the investigation was not due to managerial pressure. Specifically, “the decision to drop the original investigation was flawed and the way it was taken was wrong but I believe it was done in good faith. It was not done to protect the Savile tribute programmes or for any improper reason.’’ However, the report makes uncomfortable reading. It raises basic questions about how we work, communicate and make decisions as an organisation. The report also exposed failures in leadership. We accept Pollard’s recommendations in full.’ A number of management changes have taken place as a result of the reviews.