Jimmy Savile yet again

The lead story today on the Today Programme was the leak of Dame Janet Smith’s draft report into cases of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile linked to the BBC. Never an organisation to be averse to navel gazing, BBC web coverage today mentions conclusions in the draft report that the corporation had a “deferential culture”, “untouchable stars” and “above the law” managers.

I can see how miffed the beeb’s top brass must be over this leak by News website Exaro: “BBC head Lord Hall said lessons would be learned from a “dark chapter”. Dame Janet’s team said they were “disappointed” Exaro had published the “early draft”. A statement said the document was out of date and significant changes had been made to its contents and conclusions. The document should not have been made public and cannot be relied upon in any circumstances………” Continue reading