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Peter William Rippon (born 22 August 1965) is a British broadcasting executive. He is Editor of BBC Online Archive. Prior to this he was Editor of BBC Television's current affairs programme Newsnight.
Rippon joined the BBC in 1989 as a trainee. At Radio 4 he became (concurrently) the Editor of The World At One, PM, iPM, Broadcasting House and The World This Weekend. He has also edited Newshour for the BBC World Service. Rippon's programmes have won numerous awards including Sony Gold in 2007 for interactivity for PM.
In 2011, it was found by BARB that the Newsnight audience was on average around 450,000. Ten years previously it was around 1 million. When Rippon was editor Newsnight was named news programme of the year by the Royal Television Society (2012). It also won Emmy (2009, 2011) and Peabody (2010) awards under his leadership.
Newsnight item about Jimmy Savile
In late 2011, Rippon spiked an item about the history of the suspected paedophile Jimmy Savile on Newsnight. Rippon's decision was in part based on the Crown Prosecution Service reporting there was a lack of evidence. His Editor's blog gives the background of why he, at the time, came to the conclusions that he did. In Oct 2012, Rippon stepped aside from his role as Editor pending an independent review into his decision to drop the investigation into Savile. The Pollard Review  into the incident investigated the decision exhaustively. It concluded Rippon’s decision not to air the item was ‘flawed’ but ‘done in good faith’ and without undue pressure from his bosses. Rippon disagreed his evidence was ‘flawed’ setting out his reasons in evidence to the inquiry. In October 2012 the Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, when interviewed on Radio 4's The Media Show about the Savile affair, remarked "Peter Rippon is a very distinguished editor who broke the story about service companies which we've been having to deal with ever since."
- John Plunkett "Peter Rippon: Newsnight editor thrown into centre of Jimmy Savile row", The Guardian, 22 October 2012
- University of Southampton
- Inside the BBC
- Editor of Newsnight 2008
- Daily Mail
- Ponsford, Dominic (2015-07-29). "Meirion Jones: 'Everyone on right side of the Savile argument has been forced out of the BBC'". Press Gazette. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
- Jimmy Savile: Newsnight editor blocked airing of sexual assault story
- Peter Rippon Blog
- "BBC Newsnight editor steps aside over Jimmy Savile claims". BBC News. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- The Pollard Review
- Pollard Review evidence
- The Media Show
- BBC Editors Blog
- Newsnight Editor's Blog
- Peter Rippon on IMDb
- Independent December 2009
- At a formal dinner
| Editor: Newsnight
2008 – 2012
|| Editor: The World at One, The World This Weekend