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Jimmy Savile: BBC director general rules out inquiry

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Tremaine

Guest
#3
I wonder if it will go to Leveson. Judging by the stuff that's being reported, it might just be a disaster for the BBC were they to hold an Inquiry about an alleged "culture of abuse" in an institution which, if any of this stuff is true, seems to have been bullet proof. Was it just the BBC? Accusations of shitty, seedy goings on over decades, as claimed by not a few women connected to broadcasting over the last thirty years. Blokey banter and messing about is one thing, paedophiles or seedy old blokes groping women just doesn't sit well. It's just wrong. If these people now being accused were nobodies living in the community, well you can guess what would happen. We might like not them all the time but those well known faces kicking up a fuss at the moment, have a point and should really get their Inquiry.
 
#4
Any inquiry should also include the likes of Esther Rantzen, who seems to know a lot more than she's let on so far. It shouldn't be allowed a cover up of any sort especially as it appears that at least one 15 year old girl may have committed suicide over it with the police at the time dismissing the diary she left as fanciful.
 
#6
Any inquiry should also include the likes of Esther Rantzen, who seems to know a lot more than she's let on so far. It shouldn't be allowed a cover up of any sort especially as it appears that at least one 15 year old girl may have committed suicide over it with the police at the time dismissing the diary she left as fanciful.


I suspect a lot of former BBC higher ups will be shitting bricks...


Was there a sex ring inside the BBC? Jimmy Savile's Radio 1 colleague 'procured girls for him' | Mail Online
 
#8
It will be interesting to see how the Saville/Glitter link plays out. Seems the two of them were well known for their shared hobby within the BBC, and add in Savilles routine defence if Glitter.
 
#13
This has the potential to be extremely damageing to the BBC, they have so far managed to portray themselves as whiter than white in the Levonson inquiry. Even though they were forced to admit using PI's in some of their work this point was not pressed to it's obvious conclusion that the BBC could not be certain their contractors had not used illegal means to aquire information, instead the focus has been entirely on the print media. If there is any truth to the allegations of a cover up, over several decades, of a pedophilia ring operating within the BBC it would destroy their reputation for being trustworthy and impartial for ever.
 

seaweed

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
The whole thuinbg is clearly a police matter but there is also identifaction and explanation needed of reprorts to police being idelined and why and BY WHOM.

It is a great pity that Jim Callaghan's 'reforms' whichb did away with the distinction between Felony and Misdemeanour also did away with the old common law offence of Misprision of Felony, whereby anyone having knowledge of a felony, and failing to report it, became complicit in that crime and a criminal themselves.
 
#16
The whole thuinbg is clearly a police matter but there is also identifaction and explanation needed of reprorts to police being idelined and why and BY WHOM.

It is a great pity that Jim Callaghan's 'reforms' whichb did away with the distinction between Felony and Misdemeanour also did away with the old common law offence of Misprision of Felony, whereby anyone having knowledge of a felony, and failing to report it, became complicit in that crime and a criminal themselves.
They have started using joint venture in relation to some violent crimes now.
 
#17
Let the police investigate and bring charges where appropriate. After that it's up to the BBC to ensure that it isn't allowed to happen again. Knowing the ultra-PC right on Beeb it wont ever happen again anyway. Why waste public money on an enquiry?
 
#18
Im-*******-partial? You funny guy!
It is the BBC's standard response to any critisim of it's output, that they are as "impartial and fair" as the BBc's charter demands. They have used this defence to halt any critisim of global warming, their coverage of the last general election and allegations of anti-semitism within the BBC's news coverage. They have traded on the glories of the past once too often I think if they even try to use this defence to suppress the truth in this matter.
 
#19
I wonder what sort of influence Sir Savile had? He must have known where all the bodies were buried. But I would have thought that celebrity shelf life being what it is, the only remaining people from that period would be more likely to be the admin side; directors, producers, managers at all levels. Most of the faces on TV, from that period, are dead or forgotten; the original cast from Eastenders are all gone, when was the last time you saw Anita Dobson on the box?

I may be wrong, but I would imagine that if an abuse ring was being run, it wouldn't just be the stars who were involved, the backstage boys at the least would have had to connived with the ringleaders, if not had a bash, or got paid off themselves, and many of the gofers of the mid-70s would now be middle management and higher in broadcasting in general.

Look at Esther Rantzen, at the time one of the most powerful women in the BBC, and with her husband Desmond Wilcox, a formidable couple, yet although she started Childline, and campaigned for people's rights, she and her husband, never voiced their suspicions until after Sir Savile's death.

I hope he didn't leave any deposit boxes behind, 'To be opened one year after my death'.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#20
I wonder what sort of influence Sir Savile had? He must have known where all the bodies were buried. But I would have thought that celebrity shelf life being what it is, the only remaining people from that period would be more likely to be the admin side; directors, producers, managers at all levels. Most of the faces on TV, from that period, are dead or forgotten; the original cast from Eastenders are all gone, when was the last time you saw Anita Dobson on the box?

I may be wrong, but I would imagine that if an abuse ring was being run, it wouldn't just be the stars who were involved, the backstage boys at the least would have had to connived with the ringleaders, if not had a bash, or got paid off themselves, and many of the gofers of the mid-70s would now be middle management and higher in broadcasting in general.

Look at Esther Rantzen, at the time one of the most powerful women in the BBC, and with her husband Desmond Wilcox, a formidable couple, yet although she started Childline, and campaigned for people's rights, she and her husband, never voiced their suspicions until after Sir Savile's death.

I hope he didn't leave any deposit boxes behind, 'To be opened one year after my death'.
Desmond Wilcox would have found it very hard to say anything about Jimmy Saville after his death. For no other reason than Wilcox died in 2000
 

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