October 23rd, 2012

NY Times CEO Admits Prior Knowledge of Savile Exposé
Mark Thompson Says He Will Attend CMS Select Committee

The new CEO of the New York Times and former Director General of the BBC can’t escape the scandal from the old country.

Mark Thompson has replied to a letter from Tory MP Rob Wilson confirming he will attend if asked. Thompson admits he knew the BBC were investigating Savile, but he’s already trying to pass the buck on to Entwistle:

“What did happen is that, at a drinks reception late last year, a journalist mentioned to me the existence of the investigation and said words to the effect of “you must be worried about the Newsnight investigation?” This was the first I had heard of the investigation…Although I recall hearing at the time of his death that BBC Television might do something (a tribute) about Jimmy Savile in due course, again I had not been briefed about the programmes themselves. I assume they were commissioned and broadcast by BBC Vision, the BBC’s television arm, in the usual way.”



  1. 1
    What's Left? says:

    The BBC Liberation Front implodes

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Get the pie and popcorn in then!

  3. 3
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Is the BBC a fit & proper organisation to hold a broadcast license?

    Hacking phones was deplorable & a disgrace by NI – but surely this is a bigger scandal with massive implications for the BBC?

    Alot of very important people, past & present, need to come clean & fall on their swords – never to be seen or heard of again.

    And those that can be proven in a court of law to turn a blind eye & protect that utter scumbag Savile should go to prison for a very long time.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

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  5. 5
    Desperate Dan says:

    On the BBC website BBC2 Controller Janice Hadlow is named as being responsible for all commissioning and editorial policy on BBC2.

  6. 6
    The BBC are cunts says:

    I hope we gave him a huge pay-off when he left ?

  7. 7
    Mark Thomspon says:

    BBC reports

    “The general public unwittingly donated thousands of pounds to a group of men planning to carry out suicide attacks in Britain, a court has heard.”


    as opposed to wittingly funding the BBC p#edo child attack ring and the BBC’s collusion in the Rochd#le ‘industrial scale’ child abuse.

  8. 8
    Lard Pressclott - Laughing Policeman in waiting says:

    Shove oop of the settee and pass me some pies.

  9. 9
    I once took a train like Jimmy Savile says:

    Has he been hacking phones?

  10. 10
    Mark Thomspon says:

    we’re paying 40,000 foreign kids? do we get back anything for it?

    let’s give one to each employee of the BBC as a personal sex slave

  11. 11
    Trevor Philips says:

    is it a crime to not report a crime?

    I wonder if the BBC is allowing this to run to keep the Rochdale case out of the news?

  12. 12
    Aunty Matter says:

    Harriet Harman spouting shite about a judge led inquiry into Savile and kiddie fiddling. Good idea Hattie, perhaps you’d like to be questioned yourself?


    Can’t post the other links as Guido’s mod bot will block them.

    Old news I know but when will someone at the BBC bother to ask her?

  13. 13
    A scientist in a white coat says:

    These scams have been going on for years in one form or another: there used to be a tax allowance for children. This was fully exploited by people from overseas who claimed for children they didn’t have, often substituting neighbours’ children (for a price) ornephews and nieces for the bogus names when they decided to eventually bring their wives and real children to settle here.

    It was the development of DNA testing which did for these fraudsters, though few went to prison. It also exposed a surprisingly high proportion of incestuous infidelity in Bengali families.

  14. 14
    Tom Watson says:

    Anyone seen piersmorgan ? Is he laying low? Mirror revelations breaking this morning or just embarrassed about savile http://bit.ly/QQVGvS

  15. 15
    Aunty Matter says:

    You have to laugh at the BBC using the Murdoch defence. The BBC sneered on a daily basis that Coulson, James Murdoch and Brookes didn’t know about the hacking.

    Now the BBC expects us to believe that

    a) BBC senior management didn’ t know about Newsnight’s investigation into Savile

    b) that someone on high didn’t order the Savile story killed. Note the BBC killed it, they didn’t tell the reporters to go away and do more work on the story. The BBC story is basically what ITV ran with.

    c) if people remember as soon at the ITV story broke the BBC issued a statement stating that they had no record of Savile being spoken to about him and children. How could the BBC do that when most of the records will be paper ones and we’ve since learned that Savile was spoken to about his ‘antics’?

  16. 16
    Close the BBC down says:

    So when are the other top 3 bbc entertainers going to be named and shamed or do we have to wait until they are dead too?

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t know what is government’s view on this. Ken Clark said there are different type of rape. Hope Cameron explain which type this is.

    BBC is not the only organisation this happened. Ministers in Mrs T’s government gave Savile the keys for him to abuse. Hope there is a judge lead inquiry. Savile even took kids to No. 10, who knows what he did to kids there as well.

  18. 18
    Mrs May says:

    I suppose Hattie would prefer that Judge David Selwood led the inquiry ?

  19. 19
    Who are this vulgar couple? says:

    His new Land Rover Freelander sports the plate: B 13 RCO

    Hers silver Volvo licence number: S 88 LYY


  20. 20
    Mr G Glitter says:

    ..and finally…

    A Judge who happily sent May Day protestors to prison, comfirming his reputation as the ‘Hanging Judge Of Horseferry’- has quit – after being accused of paying for sex with rent boys.
    Judge Roger Davies resigned after spending the last year on leave, which must have been a chore on his £90,000 a year wage. Due to his early retirement, not only has the investigation which would have brought out the sordid details has been conveniently stopped, but he’s also still in line for an index-linked pension worth £45,000 a year. Add to that a lump sum award of just over £100,000 and he’s got himself a nice little pension deal worth around £1 million.
    Davies was due to try more protesters nicked in May 2003. One of those he bailed, a young Brighton man, said “I was expecting him to come down hard on me but he just smiled at me over his glasses; in hindsight I find that quite worrying.”
    It seems Davies has done very well, relying on the old boy network to clean up after his indiscretions with the young boy network.
    This comes only four months after another judge, David Selwood, was allowed to keep his pension after being convicted of downloading child porn. In 1997 Selwood sent three editors of Green Anarchist magazine to prison, after they were found guilty of publishing information liable to ‘incite’ others to commit ‘criminal damage’. Selwood described the magazine as “The most contemptuous document I have ever seen in my entire career.” What about the kiddy porn he’d been looking at?!

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    There shouldn’t be a licence fee, if it wants it can have pay to view.

  22. 22
    Beast says:

    I didnt want to believe it until I found out that Savile shared a flat with a twat called ray Terret (DJ and convicted sex offender)
    He was notorious in south Mancherster for getting his filthy paws on young girls (sometimes boys)
    The youthful Beast was told not to go into his record shop on Marsland Rd as it was a nest of Peados
    All these enablers should be in jail or better still buried alive in unmarked graves
    Scotland would be a good place

  23. 23
    The Three Wise Monkeys appear before Parliament says:

    We wish to make it clear that we knew nothing; we saw nothing and we said nothing….we hope that that is now cleared up ? We will of course co-operate fully with the independent enquiry that has been set up headed by the three bears to investigate whether there is any culpability on the part of Goldilocks

  24. 24
    Eh? Thet are Dave's ministers and not business leaders says:

  25. 25
    Steve Lloyd. says:

    Worth posting again.

  26. 26
    A businessman says:

    Good idea. How about getting the government to pay its suppliers’ bills on time.

  27. 27
    Harridan Harmanhater says:

  28. 28
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

  29. 29
    The BBC are cunts says:

  30. 30
    Liam Byrne ( aka Baldemort ) says:

    There’s no money left.

  31. 31
    Piss Organ says:

  32. 32
    The End of the Piers Show says:

    Piers Morgan tweets tosh shocker

  33. 33
    Its probably institutional says:

    Look its pretty clear that folks at the BBC would at least have heard rumours about savile, it would have been common knowledge. Even I had heard them and I dont work there nor live anywhere near London. I appreciate a rumour is not the same as hard evidence but come on, so many rumours over so many years coupled with his own statements in his interviews and books and no one thought to say hang on…..

  34. 34
    nellnewman says:

    ++Laugh++ was that man entwistle, appe@ring before MP’s culture committee, really The DirectorGeneral of the beeb? Really??!!

    He never knew anything , he never saw anything, he never said anything, he never asked any questions. I was expecting him to say at any moment he had never heard of jimmy savile!!

    This entwistle of course is the one who made an absolute pigs ear of the beeb’s coverage of Her Maj’s Jubilee. And then they went and appointed him DG of the beeb!!!

    I don’t think he’s going to be in office very long!!

  35. 35
    Ali G says:


  36. 36
    M says:

    I see the victims of this sick organisation are of no intrest .
    Shows the true colours bbc

  37. 37
    Fish says:

    Speak to BBC Television…Nothing to do with me……I was only the DG

  38. 38
    nellnewman says:

    Doesn’t look to me as though Guido will need to do anything – entwistle is managing the endgame that will lead to his resignation very well on his own.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    of the 3…Patten, current chap and Thompson, Thompson has the least to lose by blurting out the truth. with patten and thompson piling up on the vision chap, he is a gonna.

  40. 40
    Its probably institutional says:

    An important aspect as to how much was Known or suspected about Savile is to ask what triggered the Newsnight investigation only a few days after his death. The matter appears to have been raised “first thing on the Monday morning” according to one of the jounos on last nights Panarama. They raised it as quickly as they could but only after his death. Why wait ?

  41. 41
    You bred them you deal with them says:

    Keep your English perverts to yourself mate.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    is it true that BBC Vision has a problem with Vision.
    BBC Trust certainly have a problem, in trusting the public

    with the attitude “let’s keep the truth away from them”.

  43. 43
    Little John, Big Car says:

    Odd only last week he was using MP security as a reason not to publish expenses and this week he is deiving around in a vehicle that identifies him to the world.

    Why does someone who lives in rge center of London need a Land Rover anyway?

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    agree. The real task is the removal of Patten.
    He has been dozing at the steering wheel.

  45. 45
    Oberfeldwebel Johannes Schultz, Stalag XIII says:

    That old wheeze always worked like a charm for me.

  46. 46
    M says:

    No he’s not that sick
    It’s only a small matter of institutionalised child abuse by the bbc , get over it .

  47. 47
    Its probably institutional says:

    In that case I’m surprised he hasn’t appointed Fearne Cotton to oversee the enquiries into Savile.

  48. 48
    Tiger Tiger says:

    We’re getting a new generation of benefits claimants, criminals and terrorists. Aren’t you proud to be a British taxpayer?

  49. 49
    JonP says:

    Your letter was only the start of it
    One letter and now ypu’re a part of it…

  50. 50
    Tiger Tiger says:

    Savile is just a symptom of the real problem, which is the lefty subversive attitude of the Beeboids. They promoted filth like him as a front-man for their multi-culti agenda of depravity. They have almost won, and when this little episode has been swept under the carpet they can continue overpaying themselves and promoting the ‘Britishness’ of filth.

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    is a pervert someone involved in the perversion of justice.
    is that why we get so angry, as the world is/has been unjust?

    certainly the actions of the BBC Vision is opening our eyes to a world, which deeply supports how this country is run. This is an operational issue. change the structures supporting an operation and you have a chance of changing its activity.

    That’s TeamUK.

  52. 52
    How Desperate! says:

    I see the desperate Beeboid scum are trying to implicate Thatcher!!
    You see scvmbag, if the BBC hadn’t covered up the old pervs activities for so many years, he would never have gotten into the position to mix with polticians, hospital charities, children’s homes etc.

    Labour has much closer ties to the BBC and degenerate London media, always has and always will.

    But many other live names are aslo under invesigation now. The BBC is fvcked, you and your Labour friends should get used to it

  53. 53
    nellnewman says:

    Well the beeb has a real problems with trust now. For a start I wouldn’t believe a single word they said, ever again!

    More importantly sensible caring parents will make sure that their children go nowhere near anybody or any programme associated with the corrupt beeb.

  54. 54
    Tiger Tiger says:

    Ignore attacks by the followers of that other pedophile!

  55. 55
    Chris Patten says:

    There’s a steering wheel to this thing?

  56. 56
    NE Frontiersman says:

    ‘Given the many hundreds of investigations the BBC does every year..’ (Thompson)
    Many hundreds? Really?

  57. 57
    NE Frontiersman says:

    ‘Last night politicians and campaigners were furious at the decision to let Crown Court Recorder Roger Davies quit with a bumper deal before a top-level probe into his behaviour is over.

    Lib-Dem Home Office spokesman Mark Oaten stormed: “It’s a whitewash. The system is trying to cover up.”

    And Labour MP Debra Shipley, a child abuse campaigner, said: “The public have a right to know whether he is innocent or guilty and what we don’t want is a fudged pay-off.”

    Oaten. Fudged. Life’s a bitch for honest satirists these days.

  58. 58
    Beast says:

    To drag his wifes saggy minge about

  59. 59
    the poor bloody tax-payer says:

    if thompson is asked to attend – who will pay his bus fare?

  60. 60
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    I have a HACKING corf!

  61. 61
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    I have a HACKING corf

  62. 62
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    pls ignore – it should attach to 56 above

  63. 63
    Check facts first says:

    What`s Miilband`s response to all this? After all they are his friends at the BBC. All a bit of a gift for the Tories who must be straining at the leash wanting to sort the bunch of lefties at the BBC out once and for all. What`s round comes round.

  64. 64
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    i’m thinking of the letter f

  65. 65
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    perhaps patten could sell the bbc to the chinese – or give it away along with UK industry to the chinese in return for them learning to say

    FLEE TLADE johnny gweilo

    its more plonouncaburr* anyway

    for listeners at home only thats pronouncable – chinese fashion

  66. 66
    jushtin megaband says:

    whoshe shjhimmy shaville?

  67. 67
    Peterooo says:

    BBC boardroom at the start of 2012…

    1) How do we sack a Director of Vision whose incompetence will result in a tanker full of shit hitting the fan sometime very soon?

    2) What’s the point in hiring a tough new Director General now only for his head to roll when this shit does hit the fan?

    3) ***Lightbulb moment :) ***

  68. 68
    Backwoodsman says:

    tsk, tsk. Think of the ‘community cohesion’.

  69. 69
    ed martin says:

    lets hope its stings the pension fund – but then indirectly or not, we fund that too don’t we?

  70. 70
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Patten is the archetypal establishment “safe pair of hands”. He has been appointed to three major unelected roles since being given the boot by the UK electorate – EU Commissioner, Governor of HongKong and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC.

    On each occasion he has immediately gone completely native being far more interested in his own position and the well being of the bureaucracy of which he forms part than in the interests of the people he is supposed to represent.

    It is telling that his first actions after the Savile scandal became big news was to attempt to deflect criticism of the BBC and deny the need for an enquiry of any sort. He is supposed to be representing the interests of the licence payer not covering up BBC incompetence.

    An odious tw*t who has made a career as a political placeman.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder who’ll be doing Children in Need this year?

  72. 72
    My Piggy Bank is empty says:

    Shame on you. Look at what that one eyed c’unt did in London.
    Instead of saving the world he could of stayed at home and tried
    to save Scotlant from salmond the Angler fish Faced C’unt.

  73. 73
    Phill Pocket MP for Evergreed says:

    Wonder Why??????????

  74. 74
    Fish Bones says:

    Pick the bones out of that

  75. 75
    Bentwhistle says:

    I see nothing. I know nothing. I do not ask questions. That’s what got me where I am today.

  76. 76
    Car Spotter says:

    DW4 RF and SL4 PPA ?

  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    this is the most serious issue, trust.
    end of the BBC.

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    it is the end of Patten.
    who is going to trust the BBC now.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    if it is not patten that Gweedo should go for, who then?
    who is more establishment, more protected?

  80. 80
    trogdolyte says:

    Savile must have felt he had nothing to fear from his BBC connections. I wonder why. This whole matter is odd. The investigation starts so soon after his death. Somebody must have known and had had enough of the silence.

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    section 3.1 of BBC’s royal charter (note the royal link) states:

    “The BBC exists to serve the public interest.”
    With paedophile Savile and the surrounding supportive culture of the BBC in mind, the BBC has been found to be anti public.

    Should the Queen dissociate herself from the BBC?

    section 4a. states “The public purposes of the BBC.. sustaining citizenship and civil society”. The BBC has been found to be deeply in bed with the most uncivil person of recent times.

    Royal charter starts with the approval of the Queen. With strong links between the BBC and the paedophilia in mind, should the Queen dissociate herself.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    recall Prince Charles muttering some not so nice words about Patten, at the time of handover of HongKong to China.

    but then he muttered some not so nice words about the BBC royal correspondent either.

    Maybe he just doesn’t like realworld change.

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    children in need in future will be run by ITV,
    for children who do not need the Beeb

  84. 84
    James Whale says:

    Time to ignore Children in Need?

  85. 85
    James Whale says:

    Notice how his big car strays out of the speakers parking spot into the neighbours

  86. 86
    A viewer says:

    This case was on the Sky runner today, but no mention of the ethnicity of the perpetrators. Wonder why?

  87. 87
    A viewer says:

    You could ‘of’ spent what there was in your piggy bank learning English.

  88. 88
    Nursery rime says:

    It was Little Blue Riding Thatch wot dun it.

  89. 89
    Nursery rime says:

    HRH has just gone up 10 points in my estimation.

  90. 90
    Mr De'ath...from the village! says:

    Entwhistle’s performance yesterday must rate in the annals of mega-fail as a text book example of how to be the dumbest out of depth prat of the finest vintage.

    For the DG of the BBC to be so utterly clueless is not only an embarrassment to the Brit license fee payer but a dereliction of duty by the board that thought his appointment was a jolly good idea!
    The man is an IQ challenged moron…simples!

    The BBC have not only fucked up their own reputation, beyond repair, but have exposed the true quality of the lamentable ‘talent’ that pretends omnipotence in affairs Blighty Broadcasting.
    Bunch of cretinous talentless oiks!

    Entwhistle and the other clown Rippon need to be buried with along with Savile…at least they will be able to pretend and lie to each that they can C the C and label it ‘editorial content’

    Not impressive…lying incompetent bastards.

    Absolutely disgraceful performance.

  91. 91
    M says:

    Tax payers paying a lot more to fund the BBC & that certainly ain’t child benefit !

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Why is BBC creative director Alan Yentob still the CHAIRMAN of the charity for abused kids, KIDS COMPANY? How long can he last???

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    As a producer at the BBC I received a copy of a letter sent by a viewer to the DG concerning a programme for which I had been responsible. The accompanying memo instructed me to reply to the viewer in question, and to copy my reply to the DG’s office…

  94. 94
    Mr De'ath...from the village! says:

    I have little doubt that good practice does exist in the BBC…but with the present clown circus in charge One must feel for the majority of the workforce that do their best despite the hierarchical impairment.
    That performance yesterday was truly diabolical, almost surreal.

    The same charge of institutional big wig incompetence can be levelled at the police..the NHS and certainly the government.

    The BBC can and does produce the best of quality programming world wide in radio as well as TV.
    And contrary to a fair amount of opinion here I think they get the balance more or less right.
    Such charges of socialist bias I find dubious.
    But some folks have a popular right wing axe to grind….and opinion is free in this country…so far!

    There is talent and vision in the Beeb, but nowhere near the top!

    I think Jeremy Paxman would be a brilliant DG, if you wanna intellectual elitism, but methinks he would at least know what is occurring throughout the organization.
    Seems that claim cannot be levelled at the present incumbents!

  95. 95
    Mr De'ath...from the village! says:

    It is becoming apparent that Thomson risks being ousted from a cushy little number at NYT, if he cannot come up with a convincing story about what he knew and when!
    Even top journalists are questioning his suitability…dude is in severe danger of keeping his P.45 a little bit longer methinks!
    Seems that even he has managed to screw up…there are ‘ apparent inconsistencies in his public statements’ quelle surprise’

    I can see a pattern developing here!

    The whole of the Beeb’s top brass are shaking themselves apart like a fly on DDT.
    It is getting wider and deeper and more stormy by the day interestingly none of the top BBC execs from the last decade, have got heavy weather clothing.

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