Leaders of the British Broadcasting Corporation warned a government minister not to challenge their independence on Wednesday, after a parliamentary panel harshly criticized the institution's mishandling of a sexual abuse scandal. Members of the panel accused director general George Entwistle of showing an "extraordinary lack of curiosity" about the cancelation in December of a documentary revealing allegations that longtime BBC television host Jimmy Savile, who died last year at 84, was an insatiable pedophile. Culture Secretary Maria Miller wrote the head of the governing BBC Trust to say that the scandal had raised "very real concerns" about the public's trust in the BBC, which is funded by license fees paid by viewers.
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