Helen Boaden and I think Peter Rippon say Merion is an excellent investigative journalist but they suspect him leaking, it doesn't mean they don't respect his work as a journalist.
Jeremy Paxman agrees Merion Jones is an experienced journalist but his next comment is blanked out.
Despite some further comments being redacted I think we can work out the gist when Nick Pollard asks..
Just to go back to the description of investigative journalists generally as always obsessive and often a bit driven and sometimes a bit-- a bit highly strung?
Nick asks Jeremy how investigative journalists/producers should be handled, part of Jeremy's response is....
The rest is redacted
One might accept Merion jumping to conclusions in his mind but without any evidence email various friends asserting certain matters as fact ?
Bizzarely the Oldie the mazaine that first ran the Newsnight cover up story had one of its contributors arrested for sexual assault
following an appearance in the Savile Exposure TV programme.
Paxman also says he trust Merion Jones completely. I get the feeling from the producers and executives that they wanted to say Jones might step over some people to get the story done, and this behaviour is not unusual among investigative journalists, but these type of journalists believe they are doing the right thing.