Calum Leslie

MA Multimedia Journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University

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The BBC, the press and Jimmy Savile

Everybody’s talking about Jimmy Savile. Everyone’s blogging about him and tweeting about him and reading about him.

The scandal that’s been covered on the front, inside and middle pages of newspapers has thrown up – among many things – questions over the media’s coverage of the allegations against the former DJ.

In particular, the reasoning behind the BBC dropping a Newsnight investigation into Savile around 12 months ago has been under intensive scrutiny – not least by the BBC’s own Panorama: Jimmy Savile – What the BBC Knew, aired on 22 October 2012.

It has been interesting to attempt to match the information presented in that programme with what we are engaging with on a daily basis as postgraduate journalism students.

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Foreign Affairs: an interview with Sam Robertson

The last time we looked at this topic as a class was because one of our number brought in a Sunday magazine article that explored the world of French women and their openly adulterous husbands.

This time, we were back to news.

Sam Robertson, output editor at Associated Press Television News in London, did a workshop with both the postgraduate (MAMJ) students as well as undergraduate third years (BAMJs) on international reporting.

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