Savile’s own epigraph:
“When I’m gone, they’ll say: ‘I always thought he was straight but he wasn’t – he was crooked.’ ”
I imagine that’s one that could equally apply to the BBC.
The BBC have been pushing the story that the Newsnight programme wasn’t really about Savile personally and that senior management didn’t know, did not want to know and shouldn’t know what was going on at Newsnight….due to the BBC’s renowned ‘Independence’.
However it looks like the programme was expected to kick up a bit of a fuss as you might imagine, and that preparations were in hand to cope with that…‘a line to take’…..is it really likely senior manager was kept in the dark about a programme that was going to put a bomb under the BBC and that they were not told at least of the content of the programme….and asked if it should be aired?
‘The email from a press officer to BBC executives appears to contradict the corporation’s official statements about why the BBC Two programme was cancelled just before Christmas.
It discloses how the investigation was so well advanced that the press office was preparing “lines to take” in response to anticipated hostile media inquiries.
The email, leaked to The Times, refers to journalists on Newsnight “focusing on allegations of abuse”.
The press officer, Helen Deller, writes that “we may well need to do a bit of managing around this” and that “we should bear in mind how BBC complaints team respond”.
The BBC seems to have lost its marbles slightly over this as it prepares to air a Panorama programme about the Newsnight decision….the day before the BBC DG, George Entwistle, goes before a committee of MPs to investigate the affair.
Is that just bad judgement by the BBC, or an attempt to play a spoiler and spike the guns of any inquiry with an exoneration of the BBC, or is it a stab in the back for Entwistle who seems to have upset the News staff at the BBC if it implicates the BBC in some sort of wrongdoing?
Not really a sensible time to air it I would have thought….especially as any information from the committee looking into the Newsnight abandonment must surely be relevant to the Panorama programme itself, investigating as it is…the Newsnight abandonment.