Peter Rippon was right.
Exposing Jimmy Savile was a story. But it was arguably not a BBC story. And it was certainly not a Newsnight story. This is simply not the sort of thing that Newsnight, like the Today programme, is for.
Would Liz McKean or Meirion Jones have been in breach of contract if they had made this a freelance contribution to The Sun or the Daily Mail? And even if so, would anyone have dared to pursue the matter against them?