Skip to comments.BBC crisis deepens as new allegations emerge
Posted on 10/22/2012 4:55:13 AM PDT by robowombat
LONDON (Reuters) - A crisis gripping Britain's BBC deepened on Monday after it emerged a senior producer had warned the broadcaster could be accused of a cover-up when it axed its own expose into alleged sexual abuse by a one-time TV star.
Allegations that flamboyant BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, who died last year, operated unhindered as a paedophile for years while working for the BBC have rocked the publicly funded broadcaster. Its new head, George Entwistle, is now under pressure to explain why the BBC dropped an investigation by its Newsnight program into Savile last year. ........ "I was sure the story would come out one way or another and...the BBC would be accused of a cover-up," he was quoted as saying by the BBC. Knighted as a "Sir" by Queen Elizabeth, cigar-chomping Savile was one of the BBC's biggest names and most recognised television personalities, and questions have been raised about whether the broadcaster turned a blind eye to his activities.
Police investigating alleged abuse by Savile opened a criminal inquiry last week, saying more than 200 potential victims had come forward since an investigation by another British TV channel claimed he had preyed on children for decades.
Rival commercial channel ITV broadcast interviews with women who said Savile abused them when they were as young as 12, sometimes on BBC premises.
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It'll be interesting to see the Time's take on this, compared to their coverage, and editorializing, on the Penn State case..
One thing’s for sure, they can’t blame it on Rupert Murdoch.
..he always struck me as an odd duck back in the early 70’s...
...eyep...he used to host a music show called “Top of the Pops”...sorta like American bandstand....smiles,big difference was every week they had this dance group called “Pans People”....dancers who would perform a routine dancing to a hit at the time, exceptional dancers..*pant pant*...think NFL cheerleaders
A smart British Conservative would use this as the pretext for a severe house-cleaning or dismemberment of the Beeb.
Agreed......sadly none have their grips on real power here. It is tragic.
The government is probably terrified of upsetting the LGBT&P (pedophile) vote.
Operation Ore, in 1999, identified some 8,000 British pedophiles, so the political party demographers probably figure that there are hundreds of thousands of Brits with pedophile tendencies — and they vote.
Plus, this particular deviant had been knighted, so would be a further embarrassment to the crown, knighthoods in recent decades becoming as ridiculous as the appointment of wacko CofE Bishops.
Nothing has been proven.
And some of us are not at all convinced by the ‘evidence’.