March 8th, 2013

Audio Tape Reveals Mark Thompson DID Know About Savile

Ninety seconds of audio released by The Times media correspondent Ben Webster has undone former BBC Director General Mark Thompson’s evidence to both Parliament and the Pollard Review over what he knew about Savile. The damning tape from an interview last October has Thompson admitting that he knew the fateful Newsnight investigation was into Savile and about “sexual abuse of some kind”. Fast forward to 9.15:

In a letter to Tory MP Rob Wilson on 23 October 2012 Thompson said he “never heard any allegations or received any complaints about Jimmy Savile”. On 21 January 2013 Thompson again denied knowledge of the Savile scandal during his time running the BBC. As Guido exclusively revealed, Thompson told John Whittingdale, chairman of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, that “neither Caroline Hawley…nor the leadership of BBC News told me what the investigation had been about.” Really?

This recording comes to light just two weeks after it was revealed by Miles Goslett in the Sunday Times that Helen Boaden, outgoing head of BBC News, asked her lawyer to write to Nick Pollard 12 weeks ago clarifying that she told Thompson in a telephone call on or around December 21, 2011 that Newsnight’s investigation was about child abuse.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that this Webster interview proves that Thompson knew that Newsnight had investigated Savile for child abuse in 2011 and yet still allowed the BBC to broadcast lavish tribute programmes to him that Christmas. Over the ensuing nine months – while Thompson was trying to secure his new job at the New York Times – he maintained he knew nothing about Newsnight’s Savile inquiry. This looks a lot like a smoking gun…


68 Comments

  1. 1
    V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

    Because we can always trust authority figures to tell the truth in the UK cesspit, this really enriches my life.

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    • 11
      Glyn H says:

      Indeed Sir, how true. Lord Hutton was so filled with rectitude that he thought that anyone else in public service was similar and that Mr Campbell was the fount of all Government truth, instead of the ex tabloid personage he was. He thus wrongly exonerated HMG and wrongly blamed Gilligan and the BBC for telling the truth about that very dodgy dossier!

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      • 27
        A spade says:

        That’s a very fancy way of putting it. It was a cover up

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      • 46
        jo bonanno says:

        There was no dishonourable or underhand or duplicitous strategy by the
        Government covertly to leak Dr Kelly’s name to the media

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      • 49
        jo bonanno says:

        the desire of the Prime Minister to have a dossier which, whilst consistent
        with the available intelligence, was as strong as possible in relation to the threat
        posed by Saddam Hussein’s WMD, may have subconsciously influenced
        Mr Scarlett and the other members of the JIC to make the wording of the dossier
        somewhat stronger than it would have been if it had been contained in a normal
        JIC assessment.

        Nice one, Hutton. I bet your mother’s proud of you.

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    • 14
      Gilbert Fiddler says:

      When you’re paid enormous sums of money to spin news for Nulabour, this is just a drop in the ocean.

      If he didn’t know (paaah – bollocks), then what on earth were all the supposed ‘journalists’ on the hapless BBC doing? Watching TV, playing cards, getting pissed with their mates from the Groaniad?

      Investigative journos just do bugger all these days, especially if they work for the government.

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  2. 1
    Market Watch says:

    GBP-USD @ 1.49
    EUR-USD @ 1.29

    Happy woman day folks ;-)

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  3. 3
    anonemo says:

    Is evidence to parliament not given under oath?

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  4. 4
    THE THIRD ROUNDEL says:

    Typical BBC.

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  5. 5
    g0d is great says:

    From last night – a greta performance from Miss Phillips

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    • 15
      AntiLeftoid says:

      Absolutely bang on Melanie!

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      • 24
        Blowing Whistles says:

        First time I “ever” heard he speak many truths. Save that in her 25th Feb article in the D Mail she banged on about all them horrible organisations NHS etc … however

        She ABJECTLY – FAILED TO MENTION The WHORES of the LEGAL FRATERNITY INDUSTRY WHO HAVE HIDDEN BEHIND ALL THE ERRING BASTARDS.

        It’s The legal whores who are destroying all of our lives – get with it Melanie – don’t tell half the story.

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        • 44
          Anonymous says:

          “our lives are being destroyed by the folks in the legal system.”

          they do have the power to be heavy. give us the benefit of your expertise in handling this.

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      • 63
        lojolondon says:

        Melanie is top girl!! – Always bang on the nail

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    • 18
      melaniebeast says:

      That little shrew needs a good shot to he face
      Typical BBC

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    • 36
      Vimeiro says:

      The Gobby one has been ID’d as a Labour Troll

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      • 57
        BBC nonce protectors says:

        I bet this party stooge has f-all connection to Dover. Simply bused in and planted in the audience to masquerade as Joe Public.

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  6. 7
    Peter Grimes says:

    Garbo or Scacchi?

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  7. 8
    Esther says:

    Now the, now then. now then.

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  8. 9
    Check Facts First says:

    He should have invoked the Lib Dem 5th Amendment – ” As far as I am able to recollect etc etc” Gives you some wriggle room then. But coming out and saying no, never is only inviting trouble.

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  9. 10
    damned impertinent questions says:

    Whoops

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  10. 12
    Cicero says:

    Oh dear, well never mind his Common Purpose chums will probably sort something out for him.

    http://www.stopcp.com/cpbreachesthesevenprinciples.php

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  11. 13
    gojam says:

    Reblogged this on theneedleblog.

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  12. 16
    Anonymous says:

    crosshairs for Thompson, the lying thieving bastard. a typical BBC executive

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  13. 17
    Owin Jones says:

    In other news – Conclave will start on Tuesday to elect a new Pope.

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    • 22
      cardinalbeast says:

      will he shit in the woods ?

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    • 50
      St Tone of the Grin, the Lie, and the forthcoming Rotting in Hell says:

      No need for an election.
      Your saviour is here.

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      • 53
        Devils Advocate says:

        Tone is not yet a Saint. He is only Blessed. First it must be proven he has performed 3 miracles. (Winning 3 elections for New Labour does not count.)
        But any man who is a baptised Catholic can be elected Pope. So keep trying Tone.

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  14. 19
    Next! says:

    Smoking gun.

    Cross-hairs out.

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  15. 20
    Jimmy Savile says:

    Now then, now then. Can you please stop associating me with people like Mark Thompson, Lord Patten and George Entwistle. All right, hand on my heart, I wasn’t an entirely nice man but I don’t deserve to be in their company.

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    • 28
      cardinalbeast says:

      Sir Jimmy
      Nice to hear rom you
      Any ideas as to the new pope ?
      Come up with a goodun and we will send an alter boy round
      Ows about that then ?

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    • 31
      George Entwistle, currently a political strategist for LibDems, says:

      I don’t even even know what company he’s talking about, whoever he or these other chaps are.

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  16. 25
    Jimmy says:

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  17. 26

    Thompsons testimony released in Pollard was CLEARLY manufactured; honed to carefully cover his arse. I should be a detective, I really should. I could be the irascible tenacious one with the heart of gold underneath, only I wouldn’t have the heart of gold.

    So, the NYT is happy is it, to have this liar on board?

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    • 55
      Pundit Too says:

      Worm wriggling on the hook – all 90 minutes of it.
      The more he talks the more he puts his foot in it – memory loss together with his other maladies comes to mind as his excuse in court.
      What I cannot understand is how a man with such poor communication and presentation skills should have been appointed to head up the BBC and also get the NYT editorship (though this was possibly more contested than the BBC appointment)

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  18. 29
    sane normal person says:

    if it wasnt for ukip we would all be Eaton by great big lizards.

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  19. 34
    Blowing Whistles says:

    And many on here – need to look at the ‘timing of this revelation’ coming out TODAY of all days?

    If NI have had it – how come they have concealed it until now? Methinks theres more to the ‘timing of its release now’ – what hey Rupee and Son?

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    • 38
      Vince Cable says:

      I don’t remember what day it is

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    • 45
      Anonymous says:

      the greatest problem in our gay mafioso world…is the strategic block to fatherhood. when men themselves are being feminised…the rest is just game playing. kids stuff. wisdom has gone to sleep.

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  20. 35
    Jimmy says:

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  21. 37
    The Public says:

    So why has this taken so long to come to light?

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  22. 41
    les says:

    Um, um, um, err, err……………..

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  23. 42
    JR says:

    The minging troll Amy Rutland needs to have a few home truths told to her on her twitter site.

    Typical of the BBC to set this up. Get rid of the license fee and make them work for a living. They wont be such bleeding heart liberals/labour then.

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  24. 43
    sane normal person says:

    execute the lot of them

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  25. 48
    Mr pontius pilate says:

    What an odious little twat that Labour troll is

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    • 54
      Mr Boyle says:

      I hear that even Jimmy turned her down

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      • 61
        Jimmy says:

        Well how can she compete with Mad Mel in the room. Something about those mad staring eyes…

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        • 67
          2112 says:

          “Mad Mel” put the planted troll firmly in her place. Anyway, you should be used to mad staring eyes by now, after all those Labour conferences you’ve attended.

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  26. 51
    sane normal person says:

    yes he is execute him.

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  27. 52
    The BBC is a disgrace says:

    Disgraceful.

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  28. 58
    MrBeansfirstname says:

    How did this dissembling, stuttering fuck-wit ever become DG of the BBC ? Presumably, they’re, (senior BBC management that is), all the same and denial is organisation policy.

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  29. 64
    twinscrew says:

    What a stuttering twat

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  30. 65
    Anonymous says:

    So he, like Esther “I heard rumours, erm I heard one rumour, erm, I never heard a thing, I’m trustworthy -look at how I fucked my husband over for years” Rantzen, are complete liars.

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