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Liz McKean

Newsnight Correspondent and Presenter


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Liz is a reporter for the BBC Newsnight Programme

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Liz MacKean
Liz is a freelance journalist and broadcaster whose work on Channel 4 Dispatches has included the programme "Hunted" - an expose of the vigilante gangs in Russia that hunt gay men for sport. The programme has been sold around the world. Liz has won two prestigious awards for the programme - Journalist of the Year at the Stonewall Awards and Best Current Affairs documentary programme at the Grierson Awards.
Another programme about the Rochdale MP Cyril Smith revealed how repeated police investigations had been blocked, leaving him free to offend.
Liz's career began at the BBC. She worked her way up through local radio and regional television and had a spell as Scotland Correspondent. She has presented numerous programmes including Newsnight, Breakfast News and Daily Politics.
She was the reporter on Newsnight who tried to expose Jimmy Savile as a sexual predator. The investigation was controversially dropped and an independent inquiry later concluded "the story should have run". Liz was recognised with a London Press Club Scoop of the Year award. She was also invited by the Director of Public Prosecutions to advise on the future handling of historic sex abuse cases.
Liz won the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Journalism for a series of exclusive reports about toxic dumping in West Africa.
She was named Journalist of the Decade award at the Stonewall Awards 2015.
Another highlight was a series of reports following the fortunes of four teenagers as they left the care system.
She was Newsnight's Ireland Correspondent, covering the years after the peace process.
Liz is an experienced conference speaker and event facilitator.
Speaking topics include "News Reporting in the Digital Age and the Risk to Reputations" and "The BBC in Crisis: Lessons of the Savile Affair."
She also lectures on the role of the media in emergency planning, journalism and currently advises the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry into abuse of children in the care system.
Away from work, Liz likes cooking and being outside and sometimes does both together. She has completed many bike rides to raise money for Action Medical Research, which finds cures for childhood illnesses, including the iconic London to Paris.

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Liz Mackean

Liz began her career at the BBC, reporting for and presenting programmes including Newsnight, Breakfast News and Daily Politics.
She regularly works for Channel 4 Dispatches; her programme 'Hunted' about vigilante Russian gangs that target gay men won a series of industry awards. She was named Journalist of the Year by Stonewall.
Liz was the Newsnight reporter who tried to expose Jimmy Savile as a sexual predator.
Despite the story not being broadcast, Liz was recognised with a London Press Club Scoop of the Year award.
She was also Newsnight's Ireland Correspondent, covering the years after the peace process.
Outside broadcasting, Liz is media advisor to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, looking into abuse of children in the island's care system. She is also an experienced media trainer of private and public sector clients, focusing on changes in the way news is reported and the impact of social media.
Liz Mackean

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Immediately after Savile's death, Meirion Jones and Liz Mackean, began to investigate reports that he had sexually abused children.

MacKean described the failure to run the story as a "breach in our duty to the women who trusted us to reveal that Jimmy Savile was a paedophile.
Rippon, unlike Tony Blackburn and Liz Mackean, still works at the BBC.

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Liz MacKean, who worked on the Savile story with Jones, left after 23 years with the corporation in April last year. She also felt she no longer had a future with the BBC.

Speaking out in detail for the first time since he left the BBC in February, Jones paints a picture of a corporation which appears to have failed to learn the lessons of the biggest scandal in its history.
He believes those on the side of exposing the Savile scandal mistakes have been sidelined and encouraged to leave the corporation - while others involved in suppressing the Savile story have kept their jobs.
Jones and MacKean were voices of dissent inside the BBC about the way their Jimmy Savile investigation for Newsnight came to be spiked.
"Threats were made that if Liz and I co-operated we'd never work for the BBC again.
MacKean told Press Gazette: "I didn't feel encouraged to stay.
According to Jones, one senior BBC executive stood outside Broadcasting House at the height of the Savile scandal and held forth to colleagues about Jones and MacKean, describing them as "traitors to the BBC".
He says: "It's a small group of people but they are very powerful people who think we betrayed the BBC by not keeping out mouths shut."
After ten days of arguments between MacKean, Jones and Rippon, the final decision to kill the story was taken by Rippon on 9 December.

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