A scandal scarring the BBC’s reputation for probity widened Monday as the corporation announced that the editor of a flagship news program was ‘‘stepping aside’’ after giving an ‘‘inaccurate or incomplete’’ account of why he abandoned an investigation into Sir Jimmy Savile, a high-profile television personality accused of sexually abusing some 200 girls over a career that spanned decades. The editor, Peter Rippon, head of the often hard-hitting ‘‘Newsnight’’ program, was the first and most senior BBC News executive to face public censure in the scandal.
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