November 6th, 2012

Sun Tackled Savile Over Children’s Home Visits

Leveson-defenders and tabloid-bashers alike have jumped at the opportunity to attack the tabloids over their failure to expose the crimes committed by Jimmy Savile. “Why didn’t the tabloids nail him?” moaned Sir Michael White, with Roy Greenslade on hand to kick the redtops for having the nerve to attack the BBC. Though one tabloid actually did come close to exposing Savile.

Back in 2008 Savile started legal proceedings against the Sun after they ran a photo of him visiting the Haut de la Garenne children’s home at the centre of the Jersey child abuse scandal. Over the following days the paper carried a series of allegations including that Savile had admitted visiting the home and was refusing to help the police with their inquiries. At the time Savile said:

“I feel as though I have been subjected to a long and drawn out mugging by the Sun newspaper. The only difference is that its journalists do not wear hoodies.”

So the tabloids did go after Savile, and they were only stopped from getting to the bottom of his crimes by the legal action he launched against them. Worth remembering… 


  1. 1
    Peter Grimes says:

    That will cut no ice with that seeker after the truth, Fat Fucker Watson.

  2. 2
    Oy Vey says:

    So they bottled it? Much in same way that ‘they’ claim Leveson will force newspapers to do in the future?

    Whats your point?

  3. 3
    SickenedMoreEveryDay says:

    What, in this one case they obeyed law, but not for the hundreds of people they hacked?

    Why didn’t they just pay their corrupt police for the info on Saville like they did for others?

  4. 4
    Crispy Pancakes says:

    Break the law then use the law to stop the law from applying the law.

  5. 5
    Frank says:

    Fair enough, although only in 2008 I see, what took them so long?

  6. 6
    WikiGuido says:

    Libel reform.

  7. 7
    mraemiller says:

    The thing is everywhere Savile went he left dry mud. Picking it all up and making it stick is another thing. I hear many people saying they have “won” libel actions. Is an out of court settlement really a “win” though? I’d say many are draws brought on by risk assesments. Maybe we need a British FBI. Savile spread his crimes about geographically making them harder to detect. Then again some say Savile was a spy and…

  8. 8

    And now a possibly botched/ fudged/ spiked government investigation is looming, with regards to the North Wales children’s homes abuse scandal?

    Who broke the story? It was the Sun again. You have to speak as you find, and as much as the Current Bun is not my kind of rag – once again, they at least tried thir hardest.

    Just remind me – what was Aunty BEEB doing at this point in 1997? Oh yes, sucking Tony Bliar’s cock.

  9. 9
    markreckons says:

    What? It’s “worth remembering” that one tabloid had a half-hearted stab at reporting one aspect of Savile’s 50+ year offending career when he was already a very old man? The problem people like me have with the tabloids on this one is that they had decades in which to sic their investigators and unleash their dark arts on the Savile case when he was very much still actively offending. It was good enough for mentally ill people like David Scarboro (who was hounded and eventually killed himself) and others like him as well as countless celebrities to dredge up pointless gossip but not apparently for the likes of Savile for whom there had been rumours circulating for years. If I as a child living in the North West in the mid 1980s had heard about them it is not credible that every single Fleet Street journo had not also.

    Set into that much wider context The Sun’s actions (or lack of them as well as all the other tabloids) do not reflect at all well on them.

  10. 10
    R Murdoch Esq says:

    ..bit of a pisspoor report here Guido? So many of the comments posted above alude tio the fact that the red rags were happy to break the law and hack the personal data of people who were suffering through no fault of their own, yet give a pedo a cigar and a track suit and suddenly, the law must be obeyed?
    Do us all a favour.
    Don’t stick up for those in the wrong on this one.
    Have a bit of moral backbone and send them all to hell in a handcart

  11. 11
    Crazy Tony says:

    “The reported events are the antithesis of everything Sir James has worked tirelessly to prevent.”

    peachy quote; summing up nicely his carefully constructed media image.

  12. 12
    Cider drinker says:

    I take it Savile had a mobile phone right up to his death ? Would records of his calls etc still be held by service providers……Might be some interesting data for plod methinks

  13. 13
    MB. says:

    That example is an exception, over the years all the newspaper extensively covered his charitable work without ever expressing any doubts about him.

    The papers have been criticising the BBC for having tribute programmes on his death but I bet all the newspapers all had similar tributes to him, again without expressing any doubts about him.

  14. 14
    Gota Helena Hahn-Kart says:

    I agree 100%.

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  16. 16
    Living in 99% white North Wales says:

    Where was Private Eye in all of this? Mr Hislop is not normally reticent in the face of a writ or three. And why weren’t the abused telling him their stories? There would come a point when the phone has rung so many times, from unconnected sources, that you just know the stories are true.

  17. 17

    Fox Hayes of Leeds acted for Savile. The firm went belly-up in 2009. You can still read the comments from the clerical staff dumped, who were less than thrilled to note that the lawyers, at least, seemed to get out of it alright.

    The 8 partners were supposed to pay a £1m fine, which amounts to finding one decent semi-detatched house each. Now I suppose they’ll come over all huffy about libel and how dare anybody suggest that clever people might know what they are doing when it’s absolutely clear they were as innocent as babes, as ignorant as the BBC management.

    Maybe some of those names should now be cross-referenced by Yewtree. Just as a precautionary check.

  18. 18
    Mat says:

    Ah right so we should ignore story this because only the ‘red rags’ ever did anything wrong ?pmsl
    Hmm the kind of mindset that means criminality/sexual abuse can go on and on as long as it happens in your kind of papers and your kind of big TV/ radio establishment pref of the favoured political/propaganda stance and not those filthy hack rags ?

  19. 19
    Living in 99% white North Wales says:

    Savvle died having amassed a fortune of £4½ million. That has now been frozen. It surely won’t take much to track back through his bank accounts to find out where all this money came from. He left mainstream TV work decades ago, so someone must have been paying him. Where did the nearly new Rolls-Royce come from? And the money for the houses?

  20. 20
    bald old git says:

    It’s pretty thin stuff from the sun … if they had the photo of him visiting a place he said he hadn’t visited why not run it? The charge that they ‘failed to nail him’ doesn;t look a bad one on this evidence …

  21. 21
    Terrible But True says:

    Well, at least it appears to confirm the BBC newspaper subscription story, and all 20,000 staff can still continue to claim they were unaware of anything.

    Not sure that puts them at the forefront of cutting-edge, balanced journalism in speaking for the nation so much, mind.

    Not bad at just £145.50pa or else, no questions asked ((c) Patten. C)

  22. 22
    Baldy says:

    The police commissioner was a freemason

  23. 23
    Red Egg the National Socialist.... says:

    Best form of defence is attack :)

  24. 24
    ÁC1 says:

    all politicans are.

  25. 25
    jgm2 says:

    And where were the mighty investigative journalists of The Grauniad while all this abuse was occurring? Printing press releases for Tony Blair.

    Cutting, incisive stuff as ever from Sir Michael.

    Useless grandstanding prick.

  26. 26
    Engineer says:

    I don’t think Plod are investigating Savile much at all. They can’t press any charges, after all. The current investigation is about identifying and gathering evidence that is strong enough to prosecute people still in a position to have access to children, and some of those people may have had links to Savile.

    I think if Savile’s actions are going to be investigated, it’ll be the media or others that do it, not Plod.

  27. 27
    Jimmytheexplorer says:

    Guido, you’ve got this one very, very wrong. And you’re looking stupid as a result.

  28. 28
    Dr Evil says:

    Libel in the UK should be only criminal libel and the other forms should be relegated. Won’t happen as too many fat cat shysters make millions defending and prosecuting in libel cases eg Simon Singh case.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Agree 100%,i have noticed as soon as somebody does things for charity they are imbued with a sort of “specialness” its only over the past few weeks that Lance Armstrong has been truly nailed as a cheat.Same sort of thing.(not child abuse, obviously)

  30. 30
    ed martin says:

    the price elasticity of truth varies in proportion to lawyers’ ability to generate fees from hiding it

  31. 31

    Hislop is conflicted. He’s on the BBC payroll

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    You have got to laugh, the Police federation all “holier than thou” over the Andy Mitchell situation (in which they were a disgrace ) you cant tell me that none of their members, over 40 years, didnt know something about Savile (we know they did) it really leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

  33. 33
    ed martin says:

    the Eye in its dotage seems devoted to media and political personality spats – these tend to be free of newsgathering cost and their popularity tells us something not very creditable about the readers

    the financial motivation for investigative journalism is not very evident anywhere – which should make us worry the Leviathan inquiry may reduce it even further – in the noble pursuit of privacy for the likes of Huge Grunt and………..(cont on several later pages)

  34. 34
    R Murdoch Esq says:

    Not quite sure of your point there Mat, you are rambling on a little.
    I would be saying the same had Guido reportes on any newspaper or media outlet.

  35. 35
    Blowing Whistles says:

    See Public Domain – Guardian supplement G2 Wednesday January 29th 1997 page 1, 2 & 3 “It’s a square cop”.

  36. 36
    R Murdoch Esq says:

    Lets keep it factual, he works for Hat Trick Productions. He’s still a twat though.

  37. 37
    Blowing Whistles says:

    And who – gave the most free publicity to Blair / promoted Blair throughout his reign of terror [Ironic now “It’s the sun wot won it”]- Step forward Trevor Kavanagh and Proprietor?

  38. 38
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Huge Grunt and his hacked off mob – are just a bunch of self-obssessed celeb fronts – they do not represent any single member of the public who’s been done over by the Press pack.

  39. 39
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Strathclyde police have been covering up child abuse by the high ‘n mighty for decades in cahoots with the LSOS (Law Society of Scotland) and several senior Scottich judges I might as well add. I wonder how many Scottish cops Murdoch’s people bribed never mind those at the MET?

  40. 40
    Cowards in the media exposed says:

    Why the hell didnt they just say right come ahead you fucker, see you in court ? Nah they bottled it and deserve no credit.

  41. 41
    Cowards in the media exposed says:

    Dont be too hard on Mat, at least he didnt come out with the Guido approved soundbite of “take your refund and fuck off “.

  42. 42
    Cowards in the media exposed says:

    He also spent a lifeime fighting Facism.

  43. 43
    Cowards in the media exposed says:

    Indeed I seem to recall many glowing tributes to Savile posted on this very blog by some of the illumaneries on here.

  44. 44
    Tinfoil hat watch says:

    Can you provide some evidence of this or do you just like shouting your mouth of about stuff you read on the internet so it must be true. Put up or shut up !

  45. 45
    Blowing Whistles says:

    There’s plenty of evidence out there in the public domain – as well as the evidence I possess – which you ain’t getting sight of – Troll.

  46. 46
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Here is a question that will perplex many simpletons – Who pulled who’s strings Murdoch or Blair?

  47. 47
    Tinfoil hat watch says:

    Nutter .

  48. 48
    What a crap press we have. says:

    Still not good enough. Well at least the Sun can sneer at the BBC instead of the other way around.

  49. 49
    PC Newsprint says:

    I hope Sun passed the relevent information over to the police.

  50. 50
    Peter Grimes says:

    Would you like to take your refund and fuck off?

  51. 51
    Peter Grimes says:

    That Gorgon McDoom did a lot for charity – he stuffed them full of his henchmen so they could fuck up progress through their protests about their disadvantaged ‘clients’, aka spongers and cretins.

  52. 52
    Peter Grimes says:

    I thought that Lady Michael White wanted to be a queen.

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Huge, Alan Partridge, Charlotte Church,etc the whole shower of them are hacked off because their unsavoury antics were exposed in the press, whilst falsely presenting a “butter wouldnt melt ” persona to the public.On a positive note, the public now dont give a toss about them.

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Calm down Jock, do you think he is talking about you or something ?

  55. 55
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    IN 2008? The didn’t bother to follow up on any of the many many rumours of dodgy goings on at the Beeb in the ’60’s -80s then?
    300+ police complaints have come in for the BBC since this shit hit the fan and the intrepid News hounds in the great British press, couldn’t find any of these!

    The Jersey shit was way out of the London media village, that is why they started investigating it. Anything directly attached to the London meeja set, was willfully ignored.

    The media village has been protecting itself for decades, and now the light has been shone on them, and the possible destruction of it’s most important member (BBC),they want to shift the focus onto North Wales.

  56. 56
    Lord Alpo hiding in broad daylight says:

    Keep on peddling the crap that the newspapers will expose living pedos, Guido.

  57. 57
    Bedard says:

    Gerd Sommerhoff, eminent scientist, Officer of the British Empire, child molester and swan-fücker –

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