As Far As The BBC And Dame Janet Smith's Report Are Concerned, It's Job Done

Mick Hall @ Organized Rage dismisses as a whitewash the Dame Janet Smith's report on the BBC.

It is also worth noting MI5 kept an officer stationed at the BBC until the 1970s. Their job was to vet members of the staff, which sounds a bit hollow as far as Savile and Stuart Hall are concerned.

Rumours about Jimmy Savile must have been rife at BBC television centre.

The British Government's have always regarded public inquiries as a useful tool which enables them to kick a troublesome problem into the long grass. When public servants of the Crown have failed in their duties, the mainstream media huffs and puffs, and then gives the government of the day a round of applause for ordering a judge led public inquiry. Which bar the odd exception, amounts to nothing more than a government orchestrated cover up.

When a British prime minister gets to his feet in parliament and tells the House he will be setting up a judge led public enquiry, if we lived in a civilised society the country would roar with laughter and shouts of whitewash. For no one gets appointed to the senior ranks of the British judiciary unless they are the most craven servant of the state.

Lord Chief Justice Denning made clear, the role of a judge led public inquiry is to defend the status quo when he said:

"It is better an innocent man serves a life sentence than the law is seen to be making grave errors."

After the death of Jimmy Savile, a friend of royalty and politicians like Margaret Thatcher, the mainstream media felt safe to revisit the bulging archives they collated on this well known pervert and sex offender. It was common knowledge throughout the entertainment industry and beyond that Savile was a serial molester and paedophile. I first heard about it in the late 1960s from a family member who worked in the record business.

In 2012 the Metropolitan Police Service launched a formal criminal investigation, Operation Yewtree, into historic allegations of child sexual abuse by Savile and other people, some still living, over four decades. It stated that it was pursuing over 400 lines of inquiry, based on the claims of 200 witnesses, via 14 police forces across the UK. It described the alleged abuse as being "on an unprecedented scale", and the number of potential victims as staggering. Within months, eight people had been questioned as part of the investigation. The Metropolitan Police stated that the total number of alleged victims was 589, of whom 450 alleged abuse by Savile. (Source Wikipedia)

Having got wind of this investigation the BBC ordered their own inquiry, although they called it a review, headed by Dame Janet Smith, a former High Court Judge and President of the Council of The Inns of Court.

As is the way when the English ruling class examines its own dirty navel, her report was little more than a clean bill of health for the BBC. Smith reported Prince Charles friend,* raped eight people, and abused a total of 72 people when working at the BBC. He abused boys, girls and young women.

She also reported a contemporary of Savile's at the BBC, radio and TV presenter Stuart Hall, who became well known for presenting 'It’s a Knockout' and various spin-offs, sexually abused 21 people while working at the BBC, eight of whom were girls under the age of consent. The youngest was just 10 years old.

They both abused their victims in plain site, yet not only did the BBC continue to employ both men, Savile a presenter of Top of the Pops, was also given a programme 'Jim Will Fix It' which brought him into close contact with even younger children. He must have believed all his dreams had come true.

Smith could hardly do otherwise but recognise both of these wretched men used their fame, celebrity status and positions of power to engage in "monstrous behaviour." She also said the culture of the BBC enabled Savile and Hall's offending to go undetected for decades.

Yet despite this, inexplicably, her report concluded there was no evidence that senior management knew of Savile’s actions, meaning the corporation could not be found criminally liable for the abuse, which mostly occurred in the 1960's and 1970s. Janet Smith has all but indemnified the BBC from blame.

What this might mean is those who were abused, buggered, and raped by Hall and Savile while they worked at the BBC, will have great difficulty in gaining recompense from the corporation via the legal process.

As far as the BBC and Dame Janet Smith are concerned, it's job done. Apart from one ageing DJ having his contract terminated it's business as usual.

If anyone feels Smith's report was not about protecting the BBC and maintaining the Status Quo, it's worth noting in the late 1960's early 1970s, when Savile's abusing was at it's most prevalent, David Attenborough was director of TV programmes, making him responsible for the output of both BBC TV channels. Yet his name is not mentioned in Smith's report, which is weird to say the least given he had ultimate control of programming and one presumes who appeared on BBC TV.

Given how rumors and innuendos have always played a prominent role in managing human resources within big corporations, I find it hard to believe senior management at BBC TV would not have heard the rumours circulating about Saviles sexual preferences and we know these rumours circulated throughout the BBC because Smith mentions them in her report.

It is also worth noting MI5 kept an officer stationed at the BBC until the 1970s. Their job was to vet members of the staff, which sounds a bit hollow as far as Savile and Stuart Hall are concerned.

If it was common knowledge Savile was a sexual predator on the Thames Rim, I'm damn sure it would have been at the BBC.

* Savile often stayed at the home of the heir to the UK crown, one wonders whether the British Security Services warned the monarchy about Savile's illegal behavior.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

1 comment to ''As Far As The BBC And Dame Janet Smith's Report Are Concerned, It's Job Done"

  1. Did you really expect any thing else Mick? All anyone had to do was look at Kengate. There was no way 10 Downing Street will ever allow an independent inquiry in to the child sex rings concerning 'Aunty', Westminster or Buck House...

    I think most people believe that children have been are still are being abused by the elite but unless the masses literally down tools and take to the streets, it will sadly continue..

    All anyone has to do is google Elm Guest House list... It reads like a who's who..


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