Gov't: BBC could face public inquiry over Savile

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 6:15 am •  Published: November 4, 2012

In addition, the BBC is also investigating the decision by one of the channel's flagship current affairs show to shelve an investigation into Savile last December — weeks before the organization aired tribute shows to the performer. The sex allegations were later aired on the rival ITV network.

"The real challenge for the BBC is to make sure that the outcome of these reviews really gets to the bottom of these accusations," Miller told the newspaper. "If the investigations are considered not to suffice because of issues around transparency, process or other such things, then a public inquiry remains an option."

A public inquiry is commissioned by Britain's government only for the most serious issues, and has the power to summon witnesses or order authorities to disclose documentary evidence.