The Sunday Times (paywalled) reports that:
‘The BBC has used license fee money to buy the silence of about 20 former staff who left claiming to have been the victims of bullying or sexual harassment.’
‘The 20 people forced to sign the gags, called compromise agreements, are barred even from revealing they have signed such a deal.’
‘On the morning of Valentine’s Day, John Humphrys, the presenter of Radio 4′s Today programme, spoke in tones of anger and disbelief about the scandal of NHS Trusts that gagged their own managers to prevent them speaking out about their concerns for patient safety.
Two female former BBC journalists listened with mounting fury.
One said: “I was shouting at the radio. Why don’t they investigate what the BBC is doing?”
“These women feel the BBC is supposed to be a transparent organisation which demanded accountability when it reports on other people’s activities and should apply the same standard to itself.”‘
Indeed…only recently we heard a journalist on Today complaining that Lloyds Bank didn’t want to be interviewed…..the journalist piously commenting that it was 39% publicly owned…and therefore should turn up to answer questions.
The BBC is 100% owned by the Public…..and yet again and again refuses to account for its actions or reveal information that would put it in bad light…going so far as to spend, as we know, £300,000 hiding the Balen Report which investigated claims that some of the BBC’s journalism could be seen as promoting or fomenting anti-Semitism in society.
What is the BBC hiding? The cupboard must be jam packed with skeletons by now.