October 25th, 2012

BBC Call In Firefight Lawyers

The BBC have promised on several occasions that the two inquiries being held into the Jimmy Savile allegations will be comprehensive and independent. The role of gathering evidence for these two inquiries has been delegated to the international law firm Reed Smith, who will provide legal advice to the inquiry chairs and support them in reaching their conclusions. But Reed Smith are hardly the most objective of choices.

Reed Smith has previously defended the BBC in litigation cases on numerous occasions, indeed judging by their website they appear to consider the Beeb one of their major media clients. No less than six of their current lawyers have worked for the BBC in the past. Most interestingly of all, this year Reed Smith hosted a series of conferences entitled “Protecting the Media”.

Is it really appropriate for the law firm tasked with gathering evidence against the BBC to have such a flagrant vested interest? Why has the BBC appointed a company with experience in firefighting for the media to investigate the allegations made against it? Hardly allaying suspicions…


  1. 1
    Jedi Bakhurst says:

    Shut the BBC down, any of commercial channel would have gone by now. The News of the World went for far less.

  2. 2
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    The BBC’s internal inquiry is meaningless as there is Scotland yard criminal investigation going on. The resultant criminal proceedings will define this scandal, not some whitewash of an internal investigation.

  3. 3
    ancientpopeye says:

    Just another cover-up in the guise of an obvious smokescreen?

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    why should ordinary people be ripped off by this useless monopoly – sell it off and get rid of these overpaid parasites.

  5. 5
    Alexiovitch says:

    Read somewhere that one of the lawyers defended NI at the Levenson inquiry….that worked out well for them…so what can possibly go wrong?

  6. 6
    UKIP.i.am says:

    The BBC is worshipped like a God by some people. Just reading some of the extraordinarily hypocritical posts on the BBC website convinces me of this. They have been brainwashed most of their lives by propaganda into thinking the BBC is perfect, much the same as has happened with the NHS.

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    What a sick joke! Next move will be to appoint Hutton to oversee everything.

  8. 8
    The BBC are cunts says:

    So what ?? The Taxpayers will be footing the bill for it, it will be a whitewash and we’ll ll get back to our fat cat salaries and all will be forgiven and forgotten soon.

  9. 9
    Henry Ford says:

    Its early days yet.Im sure Mr Murdoch will be running this scandal in a years time .He who laughs last etc etc.

  10. 10
    Jimmy So-vile says:

    People had grave suspicions about my interest in the dead.

  11. 11
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    Yes, why would an organisation like the BBC that refuses to even acknowledge the bias in it’s news reporting hire an independent firm. There has to be bias in everything the BBC does it’s an intrinsic part of their existence.

  12. 12
    Labour says:

    We’re gonna make sure the bbc come out of this squeaky clean. What, you don’t really think we’re going to let our mouthpiece get into trouble, do you? Just wait. Before this is all over, we’ll have shifted the blame to Murdoch.

  13. 13
    Archer Karcher says:

    The BBC is one of the main pillars the globalist elite use for misinformation.
    It’s lying, elitist leftie output is essential, without it the entire edifice of the rip off scam collapses.
    That’s why some would argue black was white and left was right, in support of the rotten corporation.
    When shameless liars and corrupt politicians are your only defenders, it really is time to call it a day.

  14. 14
    Henry Ford says:

    Dont think so.Just wait till uncle Rupert starts digging.This is going to run and run.

  15. 15
    Tom Fatson says:

    Leave the ‘good old Aunty Beeb’ alone ! It’s a National Treasure and its presenters are all gods.

    I am focusing on much more important issues. Murdoch, Murdoch, Murdoch.

  16. 16
    Mr Hardworkingfamilly says:

    Mrs Hardworkingfamilly agrees with me, send us to prison.
    No Telly Tax.
    We are never paying it again.

  17. 17
    Taxfodder says:

    Agreed…you have to laugh at these establishment clowns at the BBC they wrongly think they are the gifted voice of the nation rather than overpaid civil servants.

    AN EXTENSIVE DAMNED GOOD CLEAR OUT is required starting with the old fart of a “jobs for the boys” chairman!

  18. 18
    flophouse says:

    So mote it be darling – lovin’ the apron…

  19. 19
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Come on Beeboids, what do you normally say about others?

    “If you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear”

  20. 20
    Article 38 says:

    We need to stop these unfair accusations that the BBC is biased. It is no more left-wing than it is a nest of kiddy fiddlers.

  21. 21
    Greychatter says:

    So more Bills for the License Payers to fund – Lawyers inflated bills and Victim Compensation.

    Hope they won’t want an increase in the Tele’ License

  22. 22
    This Fat'un says:

    This is completely appropriate. I can categorically state there is absolutely nothing wrong with the BBC. We have learned lessons blahblahblah….

  23. 23
    bergen says:

    There is absolutely no point in the BBC holding an enquiry without the result having been fixed beforehand. That’s its “independence” that Patten warned off Mrs Miller from interfering.

  24. 24
    Nic Niewart says:

    Have you been rogered at work?
    Have you been subject to inappropriate behaviour at White City or Portland Place? Have you ever had an Uncle Mac?
    Then call BBC lawyers R US, sorry Reed Smith.
    We can get you off. In all sorts of ways.
    After all, we not only know where the skeletons are, but the cupboards they keep them in as well.
    No win, no problem, because after all everything we do for the BBC is actually a form of public legal aid, innit?

  25. 25
    Cosmo Smallpiece says:

    Let’s remind ourselves the BBC have spent £300,000 in legal fees to stop publication of the Balen report. A report which was initiated by themselves to determine whether or not the organisation was biased. An average cretin could probably make an educated guess by their actions of the result. Well done Mark Thompson, former DG, there was too much petty cash lying about anyway. Another great BBC success. Why haven’t you been already knighted, or made a peer? All these stories have enough material for a TV sitcom. Only without the com.

  26. 26
    BBC are buggered says:

    Did anyone seriously believe that the BBC would change its spots and be open honest and transparent… come on.. they cannot allow the truth to out, it would be the end of their cushy bandwagon. Watch out for their desperate defence. One thing the BBC management don’t realise however is how stupid they actually are, so tripping over own feet will happen.

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    According to this morning’s papers the BBC “nomenklatura” are hiring their own personal lawyers and there’s bound to be more than one or two.
    Look in the mirror to discover who will pay the bills.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    If Rupert does not stop laughing soon he’ll have a seizure.

  29. 29
    BBC Executive says:

    Listen, you fucking plebs. You love us. We’ve told you often enough.

    It’s Christmas soon, look at our lovely idents. Look at the magic lantern in your shitty ‘living’ room, and give in to the vacuous banalities. Stare unthinkingly at the little fantasy world in the glowing rectangle, and let yourself be distracted momentarily from the yawning void at your core.

    Above all, keep paying your fucking telly tax, celebrate diversity and VOTE LABOUR. Do as we SAY, not as we DO.

  30. 30
    Now then Now then says:

    I am a Knights Templar of the Holy Order of St. Michael in the Park and I am innocent.

  31. 31
    Mr Smith, media lawyer says:

    I’m really looking forward to earning millions by advising the BBC on the bleeding obvious. Actually, I’ve recommended to my client that it would be much easier if I simply starting collecting the licence fee direct and paid the cash into my firm’s own bank account. Saves on administration costs etc and it will avoid all that unseemly haggling over whether my enormous invoices are justified.

  32. 32
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    There is a very simple answer to the problem raised by Mr Fawkes .

    A simple reference to the Solicitors Disciplinary Authority will suffice because here we have a clear conflict of interest. Solicitors who not only hunt with the hounds but run with the foxes too .

    Remember also to send copies of all correspondence to the Daily Mail and Leveson .

  33. 33
    junkkmale says:

    ‘Reed Smith are hardly the most objective of choices.’

    Ahhh… but… that most trusted national treasure status (as promoted by, well, the BBC) doesn’t just ‘happen’. It takes at least £4Bpa annum for starters.

    Anyway, in other news, it seems that one of the few involved with a modicum of professionalism and integrity is out, leaving the UK licence fee paying public with such as its representative overseer Lord Patten, whose idea of holding the BBC to account is to tell anyone asking the odd pertinent question on our behalves that they should not be… and back off or else.

    No comparison in severity, but what is being imposed on the UK by compulsion is more and more in the figurative by the BBC and its dozy state overlords as anything their employee did literally on their premises with blind eyes and failures in duties of care at the very least.

    How much more ‘uniqueness’ can we be expected to take?

  34. 34
    Bluebottle says:

    So what is it they are saying you did which you did not ?

  35. 35
    Bert Jalland says:

    With all the claims about to wing their way towards the BBC the only sensible legal advice a lawyer could give them would be to cease trading forthwith because they simply do not have the financial reserves to meet all the claims .

    If they continue to trade they trade into an ever more insolvent position .

  36. 36
    Gordon Brown says:

    The BBC should deal with all complaints in the usual way.

  37. 37
    Perry Mason says:

    I suspect the Dirty Digger has been sitting on a big file of BBC wrongdoings, for many years. Maybe in itself, not much more than rumor innuendo and things that would get the libel lawyers all twitchy, or things he was saving for a rainy day. But if given over to police during a criminal investigation, could provide some very valuable leads potentially.

    The Digger’s revenge could well be on the way.

  38. 38
    AngusPangus says:

    Look at Nick Pollard, appointed by the BBC to run the “independent” investigation into Newsnight. Pollard is an ex-BBC news man himself, and boasts on his LinkedIn profile that he was involved in the launch of Newsnight. Not exactly what most people would think of as being independent and impartial. Hardly surprising, then, that they appoint tame lawyers to “help” with the process.

    Where is the Trust in all this? They appear to be seriously confused about their role. Is it to defend the BBC or to HOLD IT TO ACCOUNT?

  39. 39
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    I agree with you wholeheartedly about the shortcomings of the BBC.

    If I want objective open news coverage these days then my first port of call is Al Jazeera .

    Their coverage of all the problems in Tunisia Libya and Egypt over the last year or so has been exemplary .

    long may it continue .

  40. 40
    Ah! Monika says:

    This Decision needs a Panorama Investigation. That’ll sort it

  41. 41
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    Why do people call the BBC Auntie?

    Uncle Ernie would be more appropriate!

  42. 42
    Lord Harlech says:

    I heard that for the last week or so there have been more lawyers than actors wandering around Broadcasting House .

  43. 43
    Nick says:

    Payers of the television tax are paying the fees of these not necessarily independent lawyers.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    where does the Queen fit into this scenario.

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    ” to call it a day”……. on what?

  46. 46
    Dinchara says:

    If there are several current BBC employees accused of sexual abuse, why have they not been suspended pending further investigation, as would surely be the case for any other employee of any other organisation??

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    auntie enable. uncle fecks.

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    own lawyer…and all the inquiry heads will report to the chair who herself will report to the DG in december.

    The person to be in the limelight should be the ex DG who is now in danger of losing his job in America.

  49. 49
    Itsa Cover Up says:

    Cover Up

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    stop visiting BBC website.

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    The man was so petrified of the living that he could only (in his mind) be nice to the dead…to wash them, to bathe them. The problem of someone petrified of himself. A power.less man.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    why is the Queen happy to associate herself with the BBC?

  53. 53
    Fitbad the Tailor says:

    Suspension is too harsh a word for BBC employees. Instead they are asked to ‘step aside’.

  54. 54
    Alexiovitch says:

    Thing is the aunty is not very good at lying and covering it up,
    She thinks she is that is why she keeps doing it, but she is really crap at it.

    It is obvious given the various strands circulating on the net that the decision to pull the news-night expose was not one luvvies brain fart but a process conjured up by line command higher up and that process seems to be sliding inexorably right up the greasy pole, maybe even into the DG inner sanctum.
    Thomson is the one left holding the ticking parcel on this one…as for Entwhistle, methinks he only was allowed into the office to clean the bogs and lost the key to get out!
    The man is a moron…when he say’s ‘I knows nuttink guvnor!’ …he probably means it but is not sure!

  55. 55
    Alexiovitch says:


  56. 56
    Sooty and Sweep says:

    What you going to do? Get twatson to spout out some profound sh1t as usual.

  57. 57
    The Golem says:

    He needs to get on with it though, he won’t last forever. He’s been looking a bit decrepit lately.

  58. 58
    lunch date says:

    Lord Bertrand Russell spilled the beans, in his 1951 book, /The Impact of Science on Society/. He wrote: “Physiology and psychology afford fields for scientific technique which still await development. Two great men, Pavlov and Freud, have laid the foundation. I do not accept the view that they are in any essential conflict, but what structure will be built on their foundations is still in doubt. I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology…. Its importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called `education.’ Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part…. It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment.” Russell continued, “The subject will make great strides when it is taken up by scientists under a scientific dictatorship…. The social psychologists of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. Various results will soon be arrived at. First, that the influence of home is obstructive. Second, that not much can be done unless indoctrination begins before the age of ten. Third, that verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective. Fourth, that the opinion that snow is white must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity. But I anticipate. It is for future scientists to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black, and how much less it would cost to make them believe it is dark gray.”

  59. 59
    lunch date says:

    g.f. whizz! that’s too honest!

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    some would argue black was white and left was right.

    This is a mental health issue.
    does it mean that those who are sectioned may have less mental health issues than those who are in with the global elite.

  61. 61
    Cosmo Smallpiece says:

    ……By not answering them

  62. 62
    Lord Kowloon Patten says:

    Where’s lunch?

  63. 63
    Royal Person Here says:

    Cos it’s mine, ain’t it?

  64. 64
    I see no chips says:

    It’s yet another stitch up, and in plain view of the British public. Get a grip – this needs to be genuinely independent with all parties appointed by an external panel — not by the BBC itself. Appoint Brian Gerrish to get a healthy measure of credibility.

  65. 65
    NameNames says:

    Has anyone named the names of others who have been behaving like Jimmy SaVILE? There must be an internet site somewhere… Meanwhile, I am entirely certain that Noel, Mike, etc., are completely innocent.

  66. 66
    Nation Shall Lie Unto Nation says:

    Have you ever been Uncle Mac’d?
    Then contact our lawyers, Reed Smith.
    They are old BBC chums, so they have that extra “Edge” when it comes to knowing how to answer questions, indeed how to ask them, in order to get everyone off free. Just call us “No further action”.
    After all, the BBC is a job for life, and in the case of perverts, the afterlife as well.

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    she was moved to change when Lady Di died.
    she bends with the country.

    so. stop watching BBC.
    2m on the streets are not enuf.
    More than that need to dis.associate themselves.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    step aside for royalty.
    It’s the mind.set innit.

  69. 69
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Precisely. How can they hire this law firm to do an independent job when it has worked IN THEIR INTERESTS before?

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    issue is not one of left or right.
    it is about having power or not having power. ultimately the world has turned out to be top down. Democracy is the biggest delusion going.

    we can only hope to reduce the gap between the extremes, and that is a good thing.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    nothing to fear,
    Ultimately we fear God, but we can change ours Gods, so that we feel we have nothing to fear, and hence hide.?

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    auntie failed us. so we turn to uncle (in this case, rupert murdoch)
    why don’t we stand up for ourselves?
    why can’t we become our own elders?

  73. 73
    General Sir Philip Michael Hunt says:

    You’ve got to be kiddign, do you really belive that Plod will be allowed to get to the heart of this disease?

  74. 74
    Spinal damage says:

    Close the BBC down or set fire to it. Smoke out the parasites and leeches.

  75. 75
    A Wanker from the BBC says:

    We have the utmost confidence that Reed Smith will do a fine job. We shall pay them a shed load of your money to see that they do. Fears that they are too close to the BBC are misguided. Remember, here at the BBC our top man does not even enquire of other top brass why a programme in- the- making might be a problem for him. Our Chinese walls are second to none – except perhaps the real one in China, about which a DVD is available for BBC Enterprises for a very reasonable £15.99.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    The BBC’s absolute impartiality and fairness has been known to be used to give PC Plod of the Met a good kicking on occasion. Maybe Plod will want to repay the compliment (we live in hope).

  77. 77
    Adey says:

    Its bias because it doesn’t spout the rightwing crap that you believet? OK

  78. 78
    Bill oddie spills the beans says:

    Just search bbc saville oddie Charles and the answer will appear

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