October 15th, 2012

National Paper Hushed Up Savile Story ‘Because of Leveson’

Guido has been chatting to Miles Goslett, the former Sunday Telegraph and Mail on Sunday hack, who is now freelance, broke the story about Newsnight dropping the Savile report:

“Before Christmas, when I offered several newspapers the story about Newsnight shelving its Jimmy Savile investigation, Savile hadn’t been dead that long. I was told by several of the papers that taste was a factor in their decision but in at least one case the Leveson Inquiry, which was then at its height, was mentioned as being a problem as well. It’s common knowledge that at that time no paper wanted to take on what could turn out to be a controversial story, so they didn’t.”

As Guido reported in February, no paper touched it and the story ended up coming out in The Oldie magazine. Fast forward eight months and the BBC Director General is preparing to give evidence to an independent inquiry about the cover up. Well done Brian.


88 Comments

  1. 1
    Bee Bee Sea says:

    I understand a former BBC controller met with So-vile in the late 70s and directly asked him about the rumours. So-vile said “It’s all nonsense” and his boss said “Ok then” and closed the matter. Now that’s what I call an in-depth investigation!

    “Mr Huntley, did you murder those two girls?”
    “No.”
    “Ok, you’re free to go.”

    • 17
      Quiet Bat Person says:

      Ah, but the world was a different place back then.

      From the Daily Telegraph – 2009:

      Miss Harman, 58, was a newly qualified solicitor when she became legal officer for the National Council for Civil Liberties, now known as Liberty, in 1978. At the time its general secretary was Patricia Hewitt, who went on to become health secretary under Tony Blair.

      Among the groups affiliated to NCCL were the Paedophile Information Exchange and Paedophile Action for Liberation, whose members argued openly for the abolition of the age of consent. NCCL complained to the press watchdog about their treatment by tabloid newspapers and said in one article: “We support any organisation that seeks to campaign for anything it wants within the law. They have that right.”

      In NCCL’s official response to the Government’s plans to reform sex laws, dubbed a “Lolita’s Charter”, it suggested reducing the age of consent and argued that “childhood sexual experiences, willingly engaged in, with an adult result in no identifiable damage”. It claimed that children can suffer more from having to retell their experiences in court or the press.

      • 67
        H Shandy says:

        We don’t call girls under the age of sixteen, who engage in sex, children any more. They’re all slags, slappers and prostitutes. Progress, innit.

        • 74
          LoonAttic says:

          Children are what we make them.If society is immoral,so will its children be so.But they still deserve our protection,if only from themselves.

          Your view on children in general makes me think you like associating with kiddies

          • Dennis Wilcox says:

            But they still deserve our protection,if only from themselves.

            The Rochdale defence. Those girls voluntarily choose to be prostitutes. No wonder bigoted woman hated the local labour party.

          • H Shandy says:

            You obviously don’t understand irony. NCCL, now Liberty, claim to be a “progressive” organisation and it has liberal backers in both the Labour party and no doubt many areas of the BBC.

            Lobbying for the legalisation of adult-underage child sex and, in the case of the recent Rochdale grooming scandal, calling underage girls “prostitutes” is NOT progress in my book.

          • Plato says:

            Banks “Too big to fail”

            Bulletproof Celebrities.

            Aristocrats who are above the law.

            Andrew Mitchel is quite right – We are all just Plebs.

            No wonder nobody votes any more.

    • 27
      Mr I. Huntley (joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize) says:

      Sounds reasonable.

      • 35
        Bee Bee Sea says:

        Derek Chinnery, who worked as Radio 1 controller from 1978 to 1985, has disclosed he questioned Jimmy Savile over the allegations two decades ago. Mr Chinnery admitted confronting him over the rumours, but claims Savile told him it was “all nonsense”. Saying he had accepted Savile’s denials, Mr Chinnery explained: “It’s easy now to say how could you just believe him just like that. He was the sort of man that attracted rumours, after all, because he was single, he was always on the move, he was always going around the country.”

        “I asked ‘what’s all this, these rumours we hear about you Jimmy?’ And he said, ‘that’s all nonsense’. There was no reason to disbelieve.”

    • 29
      The BBC are cunts says:

      Have you paid your annual Licence Fee ?

    • 88
      The BBC is the Engine of National sabotage says:

      The fact that no national paper would publish this story is very alarming. I don’t think Leveson has anything to do with it.

      The BBC is a specialist at news manipulation. It’s what they do. It’s their reason for existing. In dire circumstances, it is likely that the power of the BBC is such that no national paper in the UK dares to take on the BBC for fear of having the BBC expose facts that publishers and editors would not like to see the light of day.

      It seems The Oldie resisted blackmail. All power to them.

  2. 2
    Oy Vey says:

    And whats their excuse for the 30+ years proceeding Leveson?

  3. 4
    Red E says:

    If we all read the Morning Star we wouldn’t have these stresses and strains.

  4. 5
    Tim Turner says:

    Bollocks. The tabloids keep saying that Leveson will stop them breaking the big stories. Now a massive story emerges that they all failed to break for 30 years, and it’s Leveson’s fault. Did he go back in time?

  5. 6
    Red Ed says:

    If we all read the Morning Star we would have happy news about workers producing tractors, or bad news about Tories using the blood of children to lubricate lorries. Savile was a working class lad, and that’s alright with me.

  6. 7
    Indo says:

    Seems strange they’ve had 30 years or more to expose it and didn’t “because of Leveson”.

    Is guido paid by Murdoch?

  7. 8
    Quisling says:

    Brings a whole new meaning to ‘fiddling while Rome burns’

  8. 10
    les says:

    There is another “taste” factor story about a footballer that wasn’t touched either.

  9. 11
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Pravda has learned that Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin has announced that he has appointed Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria to investigate rumours and allegations of malnourishment and maltreatment by Nikolai Ivanovich Yezhov at re-education camps near Moscow.

  10. 12
    BBC says:

    Another reason why the last few years never existed.

  11. 14
    Steve Lloyd. says:

    Probably the most disgusting thing you will see today. All hail multiculturalism.

    • 56
      Putting on her sourest face, Harriet Harman says:

      How dare you impose your imperialist western cultural values on these wonderful immigrants who bring such glorious diversity and value to our communities! How dare you!! It is in their culture to behave like this. Enjoy it, celebrate it!

    • 71
      Trevor Phillips - king of the qangos says:

      Nothing to see here folks, nothing to see here.

    • 72
      Soshial Worker says:

      My god this is disgusting. The people who did this really need help.

    • 76
      Leftist press says:

      Errr, they, errr, were reacting… to Western oppression, errr, BEE-NP, caught in the moment, errr, EEE-DL, errr, if we celebrated diversity more, errr, this would not happen.

      Look, we regard these people as our little protected species pets OK? We have decided to remove concepts such as responsibility and respect for host cultures as a basic expectation of their existence in this country. Our kids don’t have to go to school with them, so we don’t give a fuck.

      Now piss off, pay your TV license and vote Labour.

  12. 15
    Phil says:

    Entwistle’s explanation that he was advised of the Newsnight investigation and left it at that stinks.

    • 19
      Father Ted Crilly says:

      Entwistle! Who’s That, Dougal?

    • 30
      Aunty Matter says:

      Exactly, Sky pointed out that Entwhistle and Boden discussed the Savile story and we’re supposed to believe he never asked what the story was about?

      • 39
        Gordon the Medicated says:

        What’s so difficult to believe about that?

        I asked Tony if the Iraq war sexed up dossier was dodgy and he said..’what dossier?’

        Good enough for me.

      • 68
        BBC are bodgers, need to be culled says:

        Thats the inbred BBC management technique – hear no sh** see no Sh** speak all sh**. He’ll go far in the BBC, oh of course he has !! Well done BBC Trust.

  13. 16
    Ex Ah! Monika says:

    But to be fair I was accusing him of being that word for dead boring.

  14. 18

    We have only scratched the surface of wongdoing in society by the establishment.

  15. 21
    antihero says:

    Weak Guido.

    Good thing there was no rumours for the decades before Levenson enquiry happened eh?

    Was it Levenson that stopped anyone from advising Maggie that he possibly wasn’t the best houseguest over new years or xmas?

    • 36
      bumboys and nonces says:

      She made him come through the tradesmen’s entrance.

    • 48
      blub says:

      If the people working with Savile could walk into his dressing room, see him molesting a nine year old, say “oops” and leave like it was no big thing then no wonder no one could break through the level of protection he was recieving.

    • 78
      Sarge says:

      I suggest a question worth asking Plod before and after they were politicised by Labour.

      As for the Beeb and accountability, what makes you think they acted in an above board fashion?

      Who are you making an excuse for exactly?

      • 81
        antihero says:

        wtf are you banging on about?

        who’s saying they acted in an above board fashion? What excuses are you on about?

        Or are you just reflexively posting some irrelevant nonsense?

  16. 23
    Count me in. says:

    My solicitor says I should refrain from saying I have never met Jimmy Savile and put in a compensation claim anyway.

  17. 24
    Even this comic thought So-vile was dodgy says:

  18. 25
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatest umplre says:

    All these youngsters at Top of the Pops; where were their parents?

    • 28
      Aunty Matter says:

      Their parents probably thought their kids would be safe at the BBC. If only they knew about the Cocaine bum shagging and kiddie kidding hey?

      You know if perhaps the BBC had exercised its duty of care perhaps?

      • 32
        Joss Taskin says:

        What about the tax dodging ?

      • 42
        I hate Parliament so much it hurts says:

        Back in 1980-ish, a kid in my year at school went to TOTP. He said there was a minimum age limit of 14 or 16, but they were lax about enforcing it (he would have been about 12). I don’t remember him saying what his parents were up to while he was there, and he certainly didn’t say he got molested. But it was a really big thing for a kid to go there. The thought that parents were inadvertently taking their excited children into what was, in effect, a paedophile’s lair, is truly sickening. Especially when we consider that BBC staff knew what was going on, they had seen what was going on, but chose to remain quiet about it.

  19. 26
    Widescreen2010 says:

    This is Christmas come early for the press – dead men don’t sue.
    They’d better be careful they don’t make unsubstantiated claims about anyone still alive… getting carried away and claiming someone is a p-phile without hard evidence would be v. v. costly.

    • 43
      The Hairiest Cornflake says:

      ..Are you implying something about me?

      Lawyers set to stun.

      • 49
        Noel says:

        I’ve never worked for the BBC.

        • 54
          Mark Goodier says:

          When I was a R1 DJ I was only 9 years old.
          As any picture of me from that time will show. However .. I’ve always wondered about ..and let’s not name names… just say..’morning DJ.. ‘Norman’ Bates’

  20. 33
    Tom Watson. says:

    Tom Watson wishes to be the new face of popular personality charity fund raiser for all good causes, loved by everyone.

    Tom is to give all his clothes away to charity.

    He is now looking for a 35 stone starving n******.

  21. 44
    The BBC are prepared to lie and cover up for a dodgy celebrity rather than protect a vulnerable females rights says:

    The BBC is a disgrace!

  22. 50
    PC Bender of the Police Federation says:

    The Police’s reputation is at stake here against Andrew Mitchell… Wha’?… Ah, used fifties will do nicely, Sir Jim, ta.

  23. 51
    Gordon Brown says:

    I can put my hands in my pockets and my fingers come out smelling of cheese!

  24. 57
    Bob Crow says:

    “Richard Branson and his shareholders are laughing all the way to the bank. Not only have they made hundreds of millions from the rail privatisation lottery but they have now scooped the rollover as well.”

    • 60

      Guido knows, as someone who’s thumb is on the banking pulse, that Branson isn’t going to buy RBS. But he is going to get a deal as a ‘special..please don’t sue us for our stupidity.’
      Buy Virgin banking shares. Sell in 14 months before it all gos sour.

      • 70
        Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

        Living in Clydach I have had to listen to some crap in my time but boy are we being fed some grade one pooh about RBS and Santander .

        Dont believe the crap coming out about Santander not liking the computer set up . They have known about this for two years . Pulling out now means the price we as majority shareholders get comes tumbling down .

        We could go cap in hand to the EU for an extension but I dont trust those little skunks one bit . The only good thing about RBS was Direct Line and the EU have forced the sale of this at a knock down price .

        If you think Richard Branson is the answer think again . He is a train driver not a Banker .

        Jimmy Savile and Hillsborough are history .

        THe taxpayer is sitting on a real fucking loss of 23 billion pounds here.

        Lets keep this on the inside pages ?

    • 85
      Sir Bob Crow 2018 says:

      I Fackin ate Facha

  25. 58
    When I was a boy the poor were skinny says:

    CLICK YOUR WAY THROUGH

    http://www.google.co.uk/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww

  26. 65
    Jimmy Savile says:

    Hang on a minute.

    It was me exposing jeremy Paxman and newsnight for abusing the BBC viewers, not then Hunts exposing me.

    For fucks sakes, I’m fucking dead.

  27. 87
    Dog shit says:

    Ha! Ha!

    Thanks Brian. You Hunt.


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