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Lord Patten admits Savile scandal was ‘pretty horrendous’

BBC chairman Lord Patten has admitted that the Jimmy Savile scandal which engulfed the BBC last autumn was ‘pretty taxing’.

Speaking at a lunch of political journalists in Westminster, Patten said: “The events of last autumn were pretty horrendous,” although he added that years at Parliament he now had thicker skin: “I’m still alive... I have bigger rings under my eyes.”

He did, however, admit that less pressure was put on him than others: with George Entwistle resigning from his role of director general of the BBC after less than two months in the midst of the scandal.

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