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All aboard the Jimmy Savile bandwagon!

by | 24th, October 2012

IS anyone taking responsibility at the BBC for spiking the Jimmy Savile story? The entire organisation is being pilloried for employing a predatory paedophile they thought was gibbering weirdo who just like being with kids and his dead mum. The latest name in the frame is Helen Boaden, head of BBC News. She once met Savile, So, the Times lead with a photo of Savile (medallion, red-tinted specs; sting vest) resting his tatty head on her shoulders. He looks bombed. She looks amused.

Insiders at the BBC tell the Times that Helen Boaden’s intervened, applying pressure on Newnight Peter Rippon to abandon Aunty’s investigation.

George Entwistle, Mr Thompson’s successor, told the Commons Culture Committee yesterday that Ms Boaden reminded Mr Rippon that “just because Jimmy Savile was dead, it didn’t mean that there could be any skimping in journalistic standards, and that the usual BBC standards would apply…BBC journalistic standards are exactly what Helen is there to support.”

But that might not be all. A Newsnight source says:

“Boaden placed an impossibly high barrier to the story. Newsnight was only investigating Savile because he was dead and could not sue. They knew his barrister would have attacked his victims’ credibility because Savile picked on girls with troubled backgrounds in an approved school.”

Newsnight reporter Liz MacKean, who was working on the Savile story, wrote in an e-mail that Mr Rippon had told her and her colleagues:

“When we rebut his points, he resorts to saying, ‘Well, it was 40 years ago… the girls were teenagers, not too young… they weren’t the worst kind of sexual offences etc’.”

If true, does he make fair point? Every touch and arm round a waste is now being presented as evidence of paedophilia. PD James posits the opinion that s uch ‘victims’ should by now have moved on with their lives . And don’t Rippon’s words sound less like a conspiracy and more like a brisk editorial debate?

MacKean’s email adds:

“Quite a perfect storm brewing this end. My story (Jimmy Savile was investigated for sexual offences — we have spoken to a number of his victims) is terrifying the bosses. Basically BBC1 is preparing a Jim’ll Fix It special for Xmas.”

The Sun quotes Deborah Cogger, “who was just 14 when Savile sexually abused her at an approved school in the ’70s.” She says:

“It’s shocking someone so high up at the BBC would have this opinion. How could he say something like that? Can he imagine his child in that situation, when someone a lot older is forcing themselves on you?” The NSPCC said: “No matter how long ago any alleged abuse of children took place, and regardless of the age of the victims, it must be taken seriously.”

Mrs Cogger, 38, told Kent Online:

“And then he sat himself in the chair next to me, pulled me back onto his lap and assaulted me. He stuck his tongue down into my mouth. It was horrible. Afterwards the other girls said ‘You should have known. If he puts his cigar down that’s when he is making his move.'”

Nasty. But is that news of national importance for the BBC’s analytical news show?

Peter Rippon said the story was spiked for “editorial reasons” . Newsnight , the show that badgers politicians for answers, says the buck stops with the head and that everyone in every Government department must know what goes on throughout the organisation and answer for it, took that

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