Review of 2012: Philip Schofield v Lord McAlpine

Guido’s highest traffic days of the year, indeed ever, came in November when this blog revealed how Philip Schofield accidentally flashed the names of five alleged Tory paedophiles live on air during an interview with the Prime Minister. Schofield’s Google-based investigative journalism made the front pages for weeks, eventually costing ITV some £125,000. Pesky bloggers, eh…

Back in February Guido got wind of a potentially huge story The Oldie were about to run: that the BBC would soon become engulfed in an explosive Jimmy Savile paedophile cover-up scandal – we were the first to publish the story before even The Oldie hit the newsstands and long before ITV. Eight months later the full extent of Savile’s crimes became clear, but it was Newsnight’s shambolic naming of the innocent Lord McAlpine that did for the BBC. George Entwistle’s 54-day stint as Director General was over before he could count his £450,000 pay-off, Chris Patten had a pop at MediaGuido for exposing his two-day weeks, and the pressure tolled as the Beeb faced the most serious crisis since Gilligan. McAlpine wasn’t finished either, as Sally and friends soon found out…

As the arrests added up, Guido scooped every media organisation to reveal earlier this month that Max Clifford had been nicked by the cops investigating Savile. Max might be regretting one or two things he wrote in his book, but if self-appointed nonce catcher general Tom Watson is anything to go by he won’t be the last to hear a knock on the door. This story will run and run well into 2013…



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GuidoFawkes Quote of the Day

Former Labour MP Dame Anne Begg:

“[Iain Duncan Smith] took to standing behind me during Prime Minister’s Questions. He stood at what’s called the Bar of the House and occasionally he would lean on my wheelchair. Our working relationship was slightly fraught anyway because I’d been critical of him a lot. I wanted to keep that criticism a professional criticism, not a criticism of him as a person so I never quite built up the courage to actually say: ‘Please don’t do that.'”

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