Coming back into Heathrow -- rain, rows of brown houses on the ground, a decaying terminal, with its faux pub, warm Carlsberg and prawn cocktail sandwiches -- the tabloid headings on the WH Smiths rack at Heathrow said it all: "Savile -- BBC didn't want obituary".

The Jimmy Savile scandal was unfolding as I left the UK in October; it has now opened wider than a slit parachute. Today the findings of the inquiry headed by former Sky News head Nick Pollard were released, painting a fairly damning picture of "confusion and chaos" at the Beeb, as the process of sorting out whether Savile should get a tribute program or an expose after his death.