BBC’s vile inner core revealed again

There have been few sights on television more gut churning. Namely witnessing an entity that has been exposed for putting its own interests before the truth and the interests of victims whose abuse it helped facilitate. But that is the BBC for you.

During last week’s Panorama programme it was bewildering to see BBC fans flocking to Twitter to proclaim we were seeing the best of the BBC, exposing its own failings albeit those of a different editorial team working for a separate programme. Stepping into the Twitter wankfest I offered snippets of my view that this was in fact the BBC at its insipid worst; engaging in a desperate action to bleach itself before a voyeuristic audience so that it could declare its virtue and claim it remains trustworthy.

Suffice to say not all of the Twitterati were accommodating of my view and were, shall we say, dismissive. However later in the week the BBC’s Director General, Incurious George, confirmed my assessment and laid bare the true motivation of the corporation’s embrace of the Panorama programme, as outlined in a report on the BBC:

He [Incurious George Entwistle] added that the Panorama programme pointed to the BBC’s health as a media organisation, rather than being a “symptom of chaos”, because it showed the organisation’s capacity to investigate itself.

He said no other news organisation in the world would do this.

Later Mr Entwistle emailed BBC staff to pledge the corporation was “determined to be open and transparent, however painful it may feel at times”

He added: “It is only by opening ourselves up that we can restore and maintain the trust of our audiences.”

The evidence is clear. Panorama was all about serving the BBC’s interests, and the alleged victims of Jimmy Savile were simply pawns in an attempt by the corporation to paint itself as something it is demonstrably not – open, transparent and honest.

This behaviour was not the BBC at its best, nowhere close. Rather it was the BBC at its back-covering, spite-ridden and contempt-filled worst. What follows on from this, the British establishment pretending to take the BBC to task while doing all in its power to protect and shield it, will be even worse.

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6 Responses to “BBC’s vile inner core revealed again”


  1. 1 The Gray Monk 27/10/2012 at 12:17 pm

    Well said. They’ve pilloried the editor who pulled the original program and now claim this ‘proves’ they are ‘clean.’ It doesn’t in any way, shpae or form, address the fact that these victims were solicited, arranged and provided by BBC management for the ‘star’ – and they cannot deny they knew what they were doing.

  2. 2 James Murphy 27/10/2012 at 1:06 pm

    Not so sure about this AM: I share your dislike of our grotesque, piggish priggish, morally senile Auntie, and yet it is difficult to see any other outcome of this dismal saga. Yes, those in power at the Beeb are making a proverbial ‘virtue of necessity’ in coming clean at the point of a gun, but at least they have seen the necessity! – My own solution? Abolish the BBC at a stroke. It is a communist totalitarian anachronism, which we don not have a choice NOT to pay for. Replace it with a host of smaller broadcasters subsidised not by hideous advertisers, but PPV subscriptions. Viewers can then vote with their feet when confronted with monstrosities such as Saville.
    Interrestingly enough, too, (at least I think so) my wife and I were discussing our childhood reactions to Saville – we were kids in the 60s – and we both remembered feeling uneasy when presented with this creep who was supposed to be yet another of the nation’s favourites at the time. He was so manifestly ghastly to anyone with an iota of discernment. In this regard I believe show-biz types betray their deeply flawed personae IN their acts. It’s all there in front of your eyes! Look at them! Would any balanced, adapted personality want to disport themselves in these ways for the sake of fame? No. Half the time I think the brain-dead British public get what they deserve. Tragically, as we see in the Saville case, they allow innocent children to be ‘taken down’ with them.

  3. 3 Dizzy Ringo 27/10/2012 at 1:10 pm

    The reporter who working on the story, Liz Kean or McKean, has now “left” (or was she pushed?) the Beeb. She should have been promoted. Leopards and spots anyone?

    The Oldie had an article on the story back in February – where was the MSM?

  4. 4 Billothewisp 27/10/2012 at 1:19 pm

    The Panorama program was simply an exercise in damage control. An attempt to divert attention away from the fact that this has been going on at the BBC for 40 years and that literally hundreds of BBC-philes would have had to be implicated as accessories to the fact if nothing else.

    This is the self serving metropolitan elite that is the BBC going into overdrive to protect their cosy position. Don’t expect anything resembling the truth to be voluntarily revealed, unless that particular “truth” promotes the BBC’s elitist position.

    As for the BBC investigation the BBC. LOL! That is a bit like getting Jesuit priests to give you an even handed appraisal of Catholicism!

  5. 5 Sam Duncan 27/10/2012 at 2:42 pm

    I thought I was alone in thinking this. Yes, even on the internet. Why on earth we should trust the BBC – or any organisation – to investigate itself beats me to a pulp.

    Presumably the Levinson Inquiry could have been obviated by an hour-long special on Sky News or a pull-out special in the Sun.

  6. 6 Odin's Raven 27/10/2012 at 3:23 pm

    It’s a ‘limited hangout’ to divert attention from the fact that Savile was puffed as their poster boy. He actually expressed their ‘values’, but now they want to obscure this.


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