Tony Blackburn would have kept his job had he been a BBC boss
Not one paper reports on Tony Blackburn, the DJ sacked by the BBC because his recollections of a meeting in 1971 did not tally with an official memo someone wrote back then. Tony Blackburn was not charged with having unlawful sex with a teenager who later killed herself. He was never questioned by the police. Any allegation he’d behaved badly was later withdrawn.
You may wonder what it is he did to earn the sack?
And as you wonder that, know that the people who thought it best we never saw the Newsnight report on Jimmy Savile’s depravity and got to know of false allegations against Lord McAlpine are still working at the BBC.
Do they pass BBC director general Tony Hall’s test? On sacking Blackburn, he opined:
“I’m making no judgement about what happened in the past. I’m making a judgement about how someone has engaged with a seriously important inquiry. I’m making a judgement about the standards of behaviour I expect from everybody working at the BBC now.”
One for the Beeb’s continuity department….