November 12th, 2012

Iain Overton Resigns From the Bureau of Smears

The man who sent that now infamous tweet on the morning of the Newsnight McAlpine report has resigned from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Their Managing Editor Iain Overton’s name no longer appears on the BIJ website. Another stunning success for the operation that before this had revealed that Bell Pottinger broke Wikipedia’s terms of use and smeared Help for Heroes. Supporters are running for the hills…


Nicely forgetting the fact that the BIJ’s Angus Stickler didn’t even show Steve Messham a picture of Lord McAlpine and that it was his misjudged and premature tweet that started this whole sorry mess.

UPDATE: TBIJ have released another statement. The word missing is ‘sorry’…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    The damage he has done (along with BBC) can never be fixed.

    And still the victims will be smeared and will suffer.

    Cock up or conspiracy?

  2. 2
    Pickled Wizard says:

    I notice that they still haven’t apologised though…

  3. 3
    Ms Wanda Legover. says:

    How much were the BBC paying the BIJ for their services, anyone know?

  4. 4
    Some Twat up North says:

    Breaking news….

    Downing Street in a complete spin! Cameron is gong berserk trying to find another non job for Patten.

    This man has had a very privileged life doing fuck all for his country and must be supported in these austere times….

  5. 5
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    I think Christmas has come early this year.

    Let the good times heads roll.

  6. 6
    Observer says:

    It is reputed that the BBC employs thousands of so called journalists. Then why do they need to sub contract work for even more jounos. The BBC has too much money and does not know how to spend it wisely.

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    Media and Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said the BBC trust must justify Entwistles £1.3 million severance package.
    Licence payers know it can’t possibly be justified.

  8. 8
    The Last of the Few says:

    Just sit back Iain…………….The lawyers letter is on its way to you !

  9. 9
    Michael Smith says:

    I’m told that the BIJ got £200k from the BBC to do its dirty work for it.

  10. 10
  11. 11
    Steve Miliband says:

    So the BBC with all its journalists/reporters outsource journalism/reporting to another organisation?

  12. 12

    Not the last to walk (or sidle along) the plank, I’ll wager

  13. 13
    I don't ne e d no doctor says:


  14. 14
    The Last of the Few says:

    Anyone heard anything from that useless fat t*%t Tom Watson MP!!!

    He was out the blocks fast enough with a tweet or 2.

    Strange that !!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 15
    Some Twat up North says:

    In the spirit of us all being ‘in this together’ I am selling my house and paying the next ten years license fee upfront. Mr Pigwistle and the BBC must be supported.

    I call on all of you to support our beloved STATE broadcaster in these troubled times.

    Ask not what you can do for your neighbour and Pay your FUCKING LICENSE TAX.

  16. 16
    Josh says:

    Justice will not even start to be done until the Europhile, Thatcher hating, Murdoch hating, McAlpine hating Patten is resigned.

  17. 17
    Kreatcherr says:

    Seems the whole top heavy echelon of the Beeb, must feel like they are the live bait in a real life Hunger Games scenario….run little bunnies run, and watch out for glints in your colleagues hands at all times, there is a cull a comin’!

  18. 18
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Yes, I was wondering that; absolutely no mention on their website – which is odd from an organisation that champions transparency.

  19. 19
    Observer says:

    This looks again like a taxpayer funded body, i.e the BBC, providing funds by way of a work contract, for another lefty organisation. Just the same way as Labore funded the unions so they themselves could get some kickback.

  20. 20
    Marcia says:

    Unfortunately the BBC / MacAlpine row has taken the attention away from the real victims in all of this. I am reading the “Lost in Care” Waterworth report, online. What was done to these children beggars belief, the rows are beginning to look like an attempt to draw attention away from any past or present Politicians who may have been involved at the time. Ann Clwyd is speaking out in support for those who suffered, Politicians must not be allowed to sweep it under the carpet , for what could be a second time.

  21. 21
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Perhaps they though they would keep their own hands clean if they got BIJ to fling the shit for them.

  22. 22
    Silly Sally B13 COW says:

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp !!!!

  23. 23
    Wotamess says:

    Well at least McAlpine can hold his head up high and move on. I hope he has compassion for Messham. I really think the guy is genuinely confusedand a bit too naive when it comes to journalism. What a mess!

  24. 24
    Bertice Stinkfinger says:

    These lefties have a nice turn of phrase

    ‘deeply regrets ceding his responsibilities’

    verb (used with object), ced·ed, ced·ing.
    to yield or formally surrender to another: to cede territory.

  25. 25
    Superannuated says:

    With all due respect, Ann Clwyd is 75 and should be retired. She’s bed-blocking a job that should be being done by someone younger.

  26. 26
    Gordon Brown says:

    Can I be the new DG?

  27. 27
    anonymous says:

    you forgot RUC hating…

  28. 28
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    Where is Tom Watson today?

  29. 29
    Silly Sally B13 COW says:

  30. 30
    Hank the Cat says:

    The BBC have sorted out the mess they are in. Tonight on Newsnight Dimblebum will interview Dimblebum so after that all will be clear and laid to rest

  31. 31
    Yeah, right says:

    George Entwistle is just a patsy, I think people are rather wise to the whole smokescreen here, someone high up is very guilty of some bad things here.

  32. 32
    Hush Puppy says:

    It simply is not right to have a politician such as Patten in charge of the BBC trust.

    It is he who should go

    McAlpine is an old foe of Patten and Patten was aware of the Newsnight programme before it was transmitted.

    The coverage of the royal pageant made the BBC the laughing stock of the world but what else would you expect from a European Commissioner?

    Why did Dave appoint him?

  33. 33
    Hank the Cat says:

    Tom is hiding in the same black bin bag as Sally

  34. 34
    Panic in St John's Wood says:

    Breaking….the BBC is to launch a replacement for “Would I lie to you ?”which is to be called “Headless Chickens”…….a team BBC Senior Managers tries to come up with the most outlandish story of why they are not responsible for the present debacle and contestants have to decide if they are lying

  35. 35
    Sophie says:

    Lord Patten out.

    Lord Tebbit in.

  36. 36
    Old Tory Bigot says:


    I think the best we can hope for is if the Grand Poobah decides to ‘step aside’.

  37. 37
    Sophie says:

    Because Dave is a Europhile who needed a secure placeman at the BBC.

  38. 38
    Yvonne from The Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Isn’t he the Hunt who started all this ?

    I trust he has got a good insurance cover .

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  40. 40
    What a plonker. says:

    No ,it is par for the course for him . Watson has not got the guts
    to repeat anything outside of parliament .Just another low life socialist.

  41. 41
    UKIPper says:

    I likes Farage but was very disappointed at his HIGNFY appearance. He laughed a lot and contributed little. Perhaps the extended version will prove otherwise.

  42. 42
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Tweedledum and Tweedledee
    Agreed to have a battle;
    For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
    Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

  43. 43
    Peter Grimes says:

    And did the creep Watson have any contact with the self-styled ‘BIJ’ before its NN programme?

  44. 44
    bbb says:

    Ann Clwyd what the same Ann Clwyd who last asked a question about this case in 1996 the after 1997 shut up? the same Ann Clwyd ex BBC ,current N.U.J member and vocal Iraq war supporter who likes to protect constituents children but anyone else’s can die fighting in the war she likes ? the same woman who wants the case reopened under a conservative leader but not the labour one she had the ear of for 13yrs ?

  45. 45
    Tory nonces still unidentified says:

    Gimme gimme gimme
    A child after midnight

  46. 46
    What a plonker. says:

    + 1

  47. 47
    BodMot says:

    Retire him, bladerunner stylee.

  48. 48
    eh? says:

    The BBC have been severely compromised by their association with this shadowy anti-Tory leftist, smear outfit, the laughingly named ‘Bureau for Investigative Journalism.

    They are in effect, simply a Labour front, set up and funded to smear Labour’s opponents. The fact that millions of people are forced to fund the biased BBC, under threat of prison for non-payment is outrageous.

    Though why the champagne socialists at the BBC want to smear the Tories any more baffles me. Surely they realise that under Cameron and Osborne the Tories are just as pinko-liberal as anyone at the BBC or in the Labour Party. The LibLabCon is just one party with three names.

  49. 49
    Hank the Cat says:

    Patten wanted Entwhistle to be DG, went out of his way to snare him, the reason being that it was known that Entwhistle was weak. With a weak DG Patten could run the BBC

  50. 50
    BodMot says:

    p43d0 tories cut our budget!

  51. 51
    BodMot says:

    make it so.

  52. 52
    BodMot says:

    Is the psion founder a labour partey donor?

  53. 53
    Operation Crossbow says:

    The bottom line is it was the bloke who runs Radio 5 live who was the editor in charge of Newsnight when this story went out. It was a blatant piece of anti Tory bilge.

    Hardly surprising then when you check out the BBC’s anti Tory bilge on Radio 5.

    BIJ may have put this garbage together, but it was the very same BBC that tried to hide the Savile story.

  54. 54
    bbb says:

    If you had read Mr McAlpine statement He has already said =
    I have every sympathy for Mr Messham and for the many other young people who were sexually abused when they were residents of the children’s home in Wrexham. Any abuse of children is abhorrent but the sexual abuse to which these vulnerable children were subjected in the 1970s and 1980s is particularly abhorrent. They had every right to expect to be protected and cared for by those who were responsible for them and it is abundantly clear that they were horribly violated. I have absolutely no sympathy for the adults who committed these crimes. Those who have been convicted were deservedly punished and those who have not yet been brought to justice should be as soon as possible.

  55. 55
    eh? says:

    I wouldn’t trust that old witch Ann Clwyd, as far as I could boot her. She likes to pose as this caring concerned objective politician when in reality she is one of the most cynical and devious Labour apparatchiks in the Commons. A real Blairite.

  56. 56
    BBC Disinfotainment Commissioning Team says:

    I like Private Eye, but as editor Ian Hislop’s appearances have revealed a progression towards a lefty viewpoint. Cookie wouldn’t have gone much on that and nor, were he still involved in that esteemed organ, would Ingrams I’d reckon.

  57. 57
    BodMot says:

    That’s like saying Kennedy was the patsy in his own assassination.


  58. 58
    Ex-Tory says:

    That is the latest line spouted by the leftie media/political machine: ‘let’s not forget about the real victims’. They are using child abuse victims again to try to take the spotlight off their dispicable use of child abuse victims to smear Tories. They have devalued the crime of child abuse by using it as a political tool, just as they did with racism. What are bunch of total c*nts!

  59. 59
    Engineer says:

    It seems that the journalist who did most work on the Messham/McAlpine story was Angus Stickler, a BBC employee on secondment to the BIJ.

    I would suggest to the BBC that Mr Stickler’s contract of employment should be terminated immediately.

  60. 60
    Tom Fatson says:

    Was that on advice obtained from a senior person from the Margaret Thatcher era ?

  61. 61
    Philip Scumfield says:

    Give me three minutes on an internet search engine and I’ll have a long list of names for you.

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    ‘but anyone else’s can die fighting in the war she likes’

    That might be a valid point if we had conscription. We don’t. No one is forced to join up, and those who do are aware of the risks.

  63. 63
    MB. says:

    I was suspicious of the organisation as soon as I saw its very impressive title. I looked him up on Wonkypedia and noticed there are comments about him appearing to have written his own entry in Wonkypedia, he has certainly contributed to it.

  64. 64
    bbb says:

    ‘someone high up is very guilty of some bad things here’
    Yeah George Entwistle ?
    or do you mean the CIA controlled joo’s who are running the banks/media /teeth radios for the little green men behind 9/11 and Glenn Millers disappearance ?

  65. 65
    Some Twat up North says:

    Not much of a stickler for detail then hahaha

  66. 66
    BodMot says:

    Maybe his involvement with the immorally funded BBC is turning him to the dark side?

  67. 67
    Joss Taskin says:

    Changed your moniker, Sally ?

  68. 68
    Enough is enough. says:

    I stopped paying my £145 a few years ago. How about the rest of you?

  69. 69
    C.U. Incourt says:

  70. 70
    Ex-Tory says:

    They were trying to smear proper Tories. The whole theme was ‘a Thatcher aide’. The idea was to smear Thatcher. Cameron and friends are clueless tossers who will achieve nothing. Thatcher polled 14m votes and turned millions of aspiring working-class voters away from the socialist middle-class Labour. She is the real target of their bile.

  71. 71
    Some Twat up North says:

    No, but have £450.000 for your enquiry.

  72. 72
    Enough is enough. says:


  73. 73
    Some Twat up North says:

    He’s filling his expenses in.

  74. 74
    Engineer says:

    The real victims should not be forgotten. Their abusers should be brought to face justice. The proper way to do that is for the police to investigate complaints made to them, and gather the evidence to support those complaints.

    Smearing innocent people by accusing them of vile crimes will not help any of the real victims. The smearers are as vile as the original abusers, and people who use such matters to gain party political advantage are arguably even more cynical and vile. I’m looking at you, Tom Watson.

  75. 75
    Sally's Knickers - the clean ones - says:

    We’re in a twist, the €USSR is in a twist, Angela’s knickers are in a twist, Cam’s just a twister, and £ieBore doesn’t know its arse from its elbow.

    Can PollyTwat help put us straight?

  76. 76
    Wotamess says:


  77. 77
    tube_thumper says:

    so the kent police have arrested an english white guy for posting a picture of a poppy burning.

    I am a patriot but i cant see that this is a crime. Vaguely offensive maybe.

    Funny how they didnt beat up those beardies actually doing it?

    Police = plebs

  78. 78
  79. 79
    NFC says:

    Just a £3.4 billion gravy train for incompetent fuckwits.

  80. 80
    The Tosser in No 10 says:

    I say chaps! Steady on! – never accuse me of being a Tory!!

  81. 81
    Harriet Harman (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party) says:

    As a committed supporter of the Pa*edophile Information Exchange, I sought to abolish the age of consent, and I worked tirelessly towards that goal.

  82. 82
    Some Twat up North says:

    Filthy lucre?

  83. 83
    Engineer says:

    Yep. Me too.

    (All legal and above board – got rid of the telly. Very rarely watched it anyway. Don’t miss it.)

  84. 84
    Mornington Crescent says:


  85. 85
  86. 86
    Hypocritical Oath says:

    Hear Hear

    I remember when Guido fired himself last year after smearing Alan Johnson as an adulterer

    Now thats accountability

  87. 87
    BodMot says:

    Is the psion founder the main backer of the BIJ?

  88. 88
    A Whining so-socialist tosser, also one of the Intellectual Elite in some pointless job at the BBC says:

    Living in a Gated ‘Community’ and drinking Bolly doesn’t come cheap you know!

  89. 89
    The Sleeper says:

    Tim Davie now joining in the Beeb love-in.

    “We’ve lost a very good DG”

    WTF…53 days of total fucking chaos is the last DGs’ legacy!

  90. 90
    2 simple rules embedded inside every copper's thick head says:

    1. Effnics can never commit ra*ce crimes.
    2. All whites are rac*ist.

  91. 91
    On Looker says:

    You certainly look as though YOU started early dear – plenty of experience eh?

  92. 92
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Ditto. And proud of it.

  93. 93
    BodMot says:

    You must admit it is pleasurable to see the usual suspects hoist with their own petard?

  94. 94
    A Woman of Colour says:

    Yo am right on de ball wid dat one mister! Dem whitey am de raucyst. All ‘cept dem Grodon Brown – an’ he sho’ was de massa fo’ me!

  95. 95
    BodMot says:

    The left are the racists. Quotas and affirmative action are merely politically correct forms of apartheid.

  96. 96
    The Left's ethos in a nutshell says:

    Failure is success.

  97. 97
  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    are we an inventive but incompetent nation?

  99. 99
  100. 100
    NFC says:

    All the fault of those nasty people out there that for some unfathomable reason and despite all our 24/7 propaganda still refuse to believe that the sun shines out of the BBC’s arse.

  101. 101
    Peter Grimes says:

    I’ll decide after we have learned whether Overton and his cronies had any contact at all with Fatty TWATson about this programme prior to broadcast.

    Anyone throw some light on this?

  102. 102
    BodMot says:

    From 1999 to 2003 he was a member of The Council for Science and Technology reporting to the Cabinet. …. He has written and lectured widely on technology and the new economy, including the Stockton Lecture at London Business School in 1998, one of the Millennium Lectures at 10 Downing Street in 1999,

    Also he’s a Labour Party donor.

  103. 103
    Hank the Cat says:

    Wonder they did not use a tazer on him, the photo of the burning poppy could have been a fire bomb

  104. 104
    Brownian motion says:

    Shut up, bigot.

  105. 105
    Some Twat up North says:

    £8,490.56604 per day……………….. Bargain

    That’s 3,103.44828 license fees………. Bargain

    God, he was a good DG.

  106. 106
    Nobel'ed says:

    Gold toady award coming his way.

  107. 107
    Engineer says:


    Stickler is a former BBC employee, now employed by the BIJ, and seconded to the BBC’s Newsnight team.

    I would suggest to the BIJ that Mr Stickler’s contract of employment be terminated immediately.

  108. 108
    just asking says:

    Can us licence payers have a refund please?

  109. 109
    Dr Fatson says:

    Crikey Holmes! How do you do it?

  110. 110
    just a thought says:

    He wouldn’t want to bite the hand that feeds.

  111. 111
    Anonymous says:

    Tom Watson, Sally Bercow, George Monbiot and Philip Schofield didn’t give a shit about the victims when they were smearing an innocent man.

  112. 112
    lojolondon says:

    I see almost no mention in the popular press of the fact that Steven Messham is a serial claimer of child sexual abuse, he has tried this before and found by court to be “an unreliable witness”.

    So the BBC was really, truly negligent in their handling of this story, as a simple Google search would have saved them all this trouble! This ‘putting the story out trumps journalism’ is what got them where they are now!

  113. 113
    JH3 says:

    God, can you imagine?

    The bedwetters would spontaneously self immolate.

    I cannot, in all honesty, think of someone better.

  114. 114
    The Day Today says:

    This is a high class Bureau, not some two-bit punch and judy show down in Margate. Get out of this Bureau of Investigative Journalism!

  115. 115
    dutchy says:

    Old witch is too nice a phrase she is more of an ‘old welsh bag lady’ that phrase suits her fine !!! How do these old bags get elected as MP’s ?

  116. 116
    Anonymous says:

    BJ should be closed.

  117. 117
    Little Englander says:

    True, but then again, those who do sign up do not expect to be sent into harm’s way based on a pack of lies by unscrupulous and duplicitous politicians.

  118. 118
    Little Englander says:

    There are those who seriously question whether Patten could even run a bath.

  119. 119
    Fatty Pang Pang says:

    Run a bath? Bah!

    I’ll have you know I wallow, hippo-like, in a jacuzzi of Malyan vigin’s breast milk while my concubines pop 100 year old Chinese eggs into my gaping maw.

    I have no need to run a bath, peasant.

  120. 120
    The Golem says:

    I remember Patten being marooned out in Hong Kong for years. No doubt there was a reason.

  121. 121
    keredybretsa says:

    Bureau of Investigative Journalism busy investigating The Bureau of Investigative Journalism! Really putting Investigative Journalism back on the front page.

  122. 122
    The Right Honourable Francis Urquhart MP says:

    I’ve watched the Newsnight Messham segment a couple of times, can someone tell me at which point in the Newsnight segmant does McAlpine’s name pop up? When I googled this shit in the first instance, I had a large selection of names as a result which included McBollocks.

    Newsnight did not name McAlpine, Watson did not name McAlpine, Meesham did not name McAlpine, TBIJ did not name McAlpine and the Beeb did not name McAlpine. However, people on Twitter, David Icke, Facebook, various blogs DID name the ginger lord who also happens to look like the Baron from Dune.

    Oh look…our faviroute figure of hate is back in the news to serve as a distraction, if in doubt wheel Abu out!

    Very sad!

  123. 123
    g2-6843e87fbef81912fb5adf133928d369 says:

    The BoIJ are something else, they waded into their own Wiki article editing out criticisms and using the article as a marketing tool. It has been a real on-going struggle to successfully lay out the facts both on the the BoIJ and the BBC Wikipedia articles, the amount of hampering and obstruction by obvious members of staff has been astonishing to say the least. Every attempt to lay out the facts pertaining to the BBC crisis has been road blocked or farmed off to some secondary article.

  124. 124
    Anonymous says:

    And yet no journalists investigate the PC mindset which suggests young girls make lifestyle choises to become prostitutes

  125. 125
    The Day Today says:

    Right that’s it……..I’m closing the Bureau……

    For an hour…..

  126. 126
    Vanyka says:

    Is so that you retweeted huge libellous smear Guido on this dear old boy we have benders full of you have no shame just like George Monbiot, Jemima Khan, Tom Watson and all. Get sued all , get sued good, get sympathy of public and then go in for kill and get good money hah!

  127. 127
    Vladimir says:

    Vanyka you big fucking idiot we come straight after you with big non-negotiable cup of comyf tea one sip you agonisingly dead entirely your problem v snaetij? OK. Open to big offers.

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