25 February 2016

The BBC published Dame Janet Smith’s Report (which includes Dame Linda Dobbs’ Report into the activities of Stuart Hall) on 25 February 2016. The Report is available in full at www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/dame_janet_smith.

Click here to download Dame Janet Smith’s Opening Statement.

All media enquiries concerning the Review should be addressed to Melanie Riley, Bell Yard Communications;  BellYard@bell-yard.com

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The Dame Janet Smith Review was established in October 2012 by the BBC to conduct an impartial, thorough and independent review of the culture and practices of the BBC during the years that Jimmy Savile worked there. In respect of Jimmy Savile, the Review has received evidence from those who were the subject of inappropriate sexual conduct by Jimmy Savile in connection with his work for the BBC and from others who had raised concerns about his conduct with the BBC. The Review is chaired by the former Court of Appeal Judge, Dame Janet Smith DBE.

On 14 May 2013, Stuart Hall pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecent assault. Shortly afterwards, the BBC announced that a further investigation would be undertaken into the conduct of Stuart Hall. As Dame Janet Smith had a potential conflict of interest, the Stuart Hall investigation was chaired by the former High Court judge, Dame Linda Dobbs DBE.

Terms of reference for the Jimmy Savile investigation and the Stuart Hall investigation are accessed through the tabs above. In addition, there is a further explanatory note to the Stuart Hall investigation, which is also accessed above.