Dame Janet Smith: THE REVIEW

Dame Janet Smith review


Introduction

The BBC Trust has published in full the report by Dame Janet Smith DBE of her inquiry into the BBC’s culture and practices during the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall years.

The Review was established in October 2012 to conduct an impartial, thorough and independent review of the culture and practices of the BBC during the years that Jimmy Savile worked there.  A further investigation, into the conduct of Stuart Hall, was undertaken by Dame Linda Dobbs DBE, and is published as part of the report.


Volume 1 – Summaries and Conclusions of the Savile and Hall investigation reports

Summaries and Conclusions of the Savile and Hall investigation reports, PDF (6.4MB)

Volume 3 – The Stuart Hall investigation report

Content warning: Please note, the documents below include some graphic evidence and descriptions of sexual assault which some readers may find distressing. 

Full report, PDF (5.4MB) Chapter 8 – Their Stories: Complainant witnesses whose evidence was not the subject of the indictment to which Hall pleaded guilty in April 2013 or the indictment for which Hall was tried in May 2014 and are therefore untested in court (Second Term of Reference), PDF (1.9MB)
Table of Contents, PDF (1.1MB) Chapter 9 – The culture in the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s, PDF (1.5MB)
Chapter 1 – Introduction, PDF (1.6MB) Chapter 10 – The culture in the BBC during the relevant period (Fourth Term of Reference), PDF (2MB)
Chapter 2 – The Hall investigation’s approach to the Terms of Reference, PDF (1.6MB) Chapter 11 – BBC Manchester television newsroom – Awareness of Hall’s inappropriate sexual conduct (Third Term of Reference), PDF (2MB)
Chapter 3 – Stuart Hall, PDF (2.3MB) Chapter 12 – Why did Hall’s sexual activities at the BBC remain unchecked? (Fourth Term of Reference), PDF (1.6MB)
Chapter 4 – BBC Manchester – A history, PDF (1.6MB) Hall investigation – Summary, PDF (1.2MB)
Chapter 5 – BBC Manchester Regional Television News, PDF (2.4MB) Hall investigation conclusions – The questions answered, PDF (5.4MB)
Chapter 6 – Their Stories: Complainant witnesses whose evidence was the subject of counts alleging indecent assault on the first indictment to which Hall pleaded guilty on 16 April 2013 (First Term of Reference), PDF (2.2MB) Appendices, PDF (4MB)
Chapter 7 – Their Stories: Complainant witnesses whose evidence was the subject of counts alleging rape and indecent assault on the second indictment for which Hall was tried and acquitted (save for two counts of indecent assault) in May 2014 (First and Second Terms of Reference), PDF (2.4MB)

Review costs

Costs from the Dame Janet Smith Review and GoodCorporation Review of BBC child protection and whistleblowing policies can be found below.

Breakdown of costs:

  • Reed Smith (fees and disbursements): £5.4m
  • Dame Janet Smith and Dame Linda Dobbs: £724,000
  • BBC Costs: £405,000
  • Witness Legal Costs: £6,000

Total costs: £6.5m*

BBC Trust costs (external legal support): £78,614.62 (excl VAT)**

The BBC has also today published the costs of the Good Corporation review of the BBC’s child protection and whistleblowing policies.

Total costs: £173,654

*Costs correct as of February 19, 2016.

**Costs confirmed as of February 25 2016. Final costs will be published as part of 2015/16 Annual Report and Accounts.


Details of the Savile Compensation Scheme

The total payments made to survivors of Jimmy Savile, as part of the Savile Compensation Scheme, can be found below.

The terms of the Scheme were agreed with lawyers for the survivors of Savile, the NHS and the Savile estate in February 2014.

Forty four claims were received, 36 were settled and eight were rejected.

A total of £907,000 has been paid out.

This includes:

  • £526,000 for damages
  • £381,000 for legal fees

The window for bringing a claim under the Scheme has now closed.


Support and advice

The BBC Trust is deeply grateful to all those who had the courage to speak to Dame Janet Smith and Dame Linda Dobbs’ reviews. We recognise that many of those who contacted the reviews have re-lived experiences which are painful and difficult.

The Review consulted with the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) to help those who may have required support in speaking about their experiences, or support more generally. We would encourage anyone who feels that he or she needs help or assistance to contact NAPAC’s free, confidential Support Line on 0800 085 3330. Further information about NAPAC can be found at http://www.napac.org.uk. Alternatively, people can contact the NSPCC on its free helpline: 0808 8005000 or the Lucy Faithfull Foundation on its free helpline: 0808 1000 900.

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