Jimmy Savile and the BBC

I did something unusual on Monday night. After I came home from bible study, I stayed up to watch the BBC programme Panorama. For those who are on the West side of the Pond, it concerned the decision not to screen a programme called Newsnight that would have scorched the reputation of the late Jimmy Savile, former miner, dance hall manager DJ and BBC personality.

The BBC prides itself on the impartiality of its news service. It implies that it will report the truth without fear or favour, and irrespective of whose reputation will suffer, so long as what it reports is the truth. And it claims its news service is independent of all other parts of the BBC.

Savile had begun at the BBC as a presenter of its flagship music programme on television, Top of the Pops in 1964 and then became a DJ on its pop music station Radio 1 some 4 years later. He later presented a programme called Savile’s Travels, in which he travelled around the country in a motor caravan meeting various people and played a piece of their favourite music. He also did a programme called Jim’ll Fix It in which he fixed it for various people, usually children, to have some sort of wish come true. He died on 29th October 2011 aged 84.

While he was a dance hall manager, there were rumours that he liked young girls. As well as being a TV presenter and radio personality, he made numerous fund-rising runs for charity where he was frequently seen around teenage fans. He also volunteered as a porter at Leeds General Infirmary, at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, especially the National Spinal Injuries Unit and also had access to Broadmoor Secure Psychiatric Hospital despite having no professional training in any area allied to medicine.

All of these good works gave him the image of a saint in the eyes of the Great and the good. He first of all was awarded the OBE and later a knighthood by Britain and was awarded the honour of Knight Commander of St Gregory the Great from the Vatican.

His “good works” included visiting various places of secure accommodation for adolescent girls with behavioural problems, and he has been accused of sexually assaulting, and in some cases having sexual intercourse with or oral sex with some of these girls, as well as numerous under age (under 16 in the UK) girls on BBC premises such as his dressing room for Top of the Pops. The BBC at the time also employed as a DJ one Chris Denning, who was found guilty of a number of sex offences with under age girls, John Peel who boasted of his having under-age girls when he was employed in the USA prior to returning to the UK, and Jonathan King. One of the allegations is that Gary Glitter, the paedophile Paul Gadd had sex with an underage girl in Savile’s dressing room in view of others including Savile.

By failing to air these allegations after its own reporters had uncovered them, and by suggesting that the enquiries were into a failure by Surrey Police and the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute Savile, the BBC has put itself into the same pigeon hole as the Roman Catholic Church. What happened was bad enough, but the amateurish attempt at cover up was far far worse. Was the fact that the BBC had four, two on television and two on radio, hagiographic programmes on Savile over the Christmas period really unconnected? The new director general was previously the head of vision for the BBC at the time when it was proposed to air this Newsnight programme and it was he who had commissioned the two television shows on Savile. We need to know if he was the man who pulled the plug. He can deny it, but Savile was asked by BBC executives in the 1970’s if he was a paedophile and denied it. We know how much his word was worth now. Can we trust the word of anyone else in this corrupt and corrupting organisation?

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About UK Fred

A Christian who cares that the church in Britain conforms to societal demands, rather than transforms society. I am particularly concerned with the lack of support for marriage and the acceptance of divorce in the church. I also care that the body politic in Britain seems to be corrupt and in need of a good shake-up.
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8 Responses to Jimmy Savile and the BBC

  1. Rob says:

    “Jimmy Savile, former miner, dance hall manager DJ and BBC personality” The most important description you missed is “mason”. Once you know that, everything else falls into place and makes sense.

    • ukfred says:

      I don’t know whether he was or he wasn’t, but he gave the appearance of being a practising Roman Catholic. I had always believed that the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the UK held that membership of any masonic organisation was incompatible with membership of that denomination. That denomination seems to have had a lot more experience of paedophilia than any other in the Western world. If you know that Savile was a mason, then you must know to which lodge he was affiliated. Would you care to share that piece of information with us, or is your comment simply a follow-on from your own blog in which you assert that he must have been a mason or else he would have been charged with one or more offences?

      Don’t get me wrong. I believe that freemasonry is incompatible with Christianity. I am a Christian. I am also a libertarian. I want to see free debate, but I do not want to see statements made that are untruthful. That is why I want you to provide your evidence for everyone to see.

  2. Rob says:

    Sorry Fred, I don’t have that evidence. There are many websites that state that he was a mason. I was convinced by them.

  3. ukfred says:

    In that case, I think you are leaving yourself wide open to legal action from the masons.

  4. Rob says:

    Are you suggesting they could sue me for libel because I said that an unconvicted man was one of their members? That would be a very strange case indeed.

    • ukfred says:

      Your comments have already suggested that a freemason is likely to either pervert or benefit from a perversion of the course of justice. I think that those comments might leave you open to a lawsuit.

      • Rob says:

        I’m no expert on sub judice but I believe there are rules about who can talk to whom. If a number of major players in a case all belong to the same “club”, particularly one that demands such far-reaching vows, then justice is in jeopardy.

  5. Walter Scott is My Hero says:

    John Peel was a pedophile? That’s depressing. To Americans who love the British and Irish version of rock and roll, he sounded like a cool radio personality. Leastways, Irish and UK bands I like (e.g. the Undertones and the Wedding Present) loved him.

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