December 11th, 2013

Another BBC Whitewash From Patten
Nick Pollard Sorry for “Genuine Conversation”

Nick Pollard has written to the BBC Trust to apologise for telling a journalist that his report into the Jimmy Savile scandal was flawed and that he made ‘a mistake’ by not including key evidence that Mark Thompson had been told allegations about Jimmy Savile were going to be made by Newsnight in December 2012. Pollard admits the tape that Guido published this morning was genuine and that he regrets getting busted:

It has taken 10 months for the BBC Trust to finally kick into action after the flaws in the report came to light. And it’s still murky…

Four trustees, whose identity we did not know, have met in secret and concluded that though ‘a mistake’ has been made, it’s best to just ignore it:

“The unanimous conclusion of the four Trustees is that they are satisfied that Nick Pollard properly weighed all the evidence that was available to him and that the conclusions of his report are robust. They remain confident that Nick Pollard conducted an independent, fair and thorough examination of the issues raised by the dropped Newsnight investigation.

While the Trustees did not consider that the recording undermines the conclusions of Nick Pollard’s report, they agree it would have been preferable for a reference to Helen Boaden’s legal letter to have been included. They also felt it was regrettable that Nick Pollard had decided to try to correct the record through an off-the-record conversation with a journalist, rather than raising this point directly with the BBC, who commissioned the report.”

Yet Nick Pollard himself confessed that he had not “properly weighed all the evidence that was available to him” and this statement does not address the fact that the BBC Trust have been aware of the flaws in the Pollard Report for ten months and were only forced into acknowledging the problems after threats to make the tape public. £3m spunked up the wall in a flawed report and still Patten is trying to save his arse.


129 Comments

  1. 1
    MacGuffin says:

    First!

    • 2
      I Smell says:

      Male Cow Manure

      • 30
        BBC Controller says:

        It’s because of the unique way we’re funded

        • 76
          The BBC is predatory says:

          This is nothing less than a whitewash of the pa’edophilia that was endemic in the BBC and still could be now for all we know.

          I understand that pa’edophilia is a big problem in SA…small wonder that half of the BBC were so keen to get out there in the aftermath of Mandela’s death.

      • 47
        khyrtfbuy says:

        What a bunch of SCUM these slimy Troughers are!

      • 50
        Darth Balls says:

        I see what you did there… :)

    • 14
      They ain't fooling no one. says:

      No doubt it was agreed beforehand that Pollard would write a letter, what it would say and how the trust would respond to it.

      • 20
        Perhaps, could be, maybe says:

        Written by a Lawyer on his behalf paid for by the BBC?

        • 49
          Lord Stansted says:

          All this “Dear Chris” and “sincerely Nick” crap makes me want to puke. When the fuck is the country going to get rid this scum? Scum – scum – scum – that what they are. To think, men and women have actually died for this country. I wonder if they would have been so keen if they knew scum like Patten would rise to the top.

    • 25
      Fishy says:

      So, is it the BBC Trust’s job to hold the BBC to account….or to protect them?

      • 63
        Sack them all says:

        One must question why Patten resorted to legal notification to Mr Wilson (at taxpayer cost, of course) to try ensure the tape recording was not made public.

        Well done, Guido, for ignoring the legal warnings and exposing the BBC Trust/Trash.

        • 108
          Blowing Whistles says:

          It is easy to call the bluff on the rank and file shyster mob using threatening rhetoric – what a shame so many other people especially in parliament have not the backbone to do so?

          Our parliament must be ‘cleansed’ of the duplicitous shysters who have invaded it. n.b. When a legal person becomes the highest political in the land or they are too closely connected to the legal fraternity – watch out for their double use of protection – parliamentary privilege and legal privilege – the shysters’ double trick of protection.

          Mark Twain had it spot on with his saying of the mere mention of the word lawyer / loss of all public confidence – note when he stated it.

    • 66
      squareroot of ans says:

      wall is the nose.
      skinny latte is the droopy eyes.

  2. 3
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    What else would you expect from the BBC and Patton.

    • 54
      RomaBob... says:

      Time to cancel the TV licence or at the very least reduce it by 50% and let’s see the f*ckers squeal !!

  3. 4
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    BBC Trust them as far as I can throw them.

    • 32

      THE GREAT MAN DID NOT EVEN BOTHER TO SIGN IT PERSONALLY

      IT WAS PER PRO ED BY PROBABLY A COMPUTER UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE BBC .

      • 124
        Cinna says:

        I note he apologised for not continuing to conceal the fact that Boden had informed him she had told Thompson of the Newsnight investigation.

        I further note that in arriving at his conclusions he obviously dismisses her evidence. In other words it’s lies. If that is the case why is she still in post at the BBC?

  4. 5
    Hutton says:

    More of a khaki wash than a whitewash, but not a bad attempt.

  5. 6
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Well, lessons have been learned, nothing to see, move along now, completely new management team, no pint in raking over the past, concentrating on going forward, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • 15
      The BBC says:

      In tonight’s EastEnders, several rubbish actors shout at each other for 30 minutes. Watch and enjoyyyyy!

      But first, something about Nelson Mandela.

      Vote Labour.

    • 16
      P. Doff says:

      Lessons used to be learned at school – nowadays we pay a load of post school age Muppets squillions to ‘learn lessons’.

      Let’s short cut the process and cut public debt by closing all schools.

  6. 7
    TRUTH TRUSSED says:

    By BBC

  7. 8
    Still searching for the perferct non-stick surface PhD says:

    If I knew his secret I’d make my fortune

  8. 9
    What about 9:10 11-12-13 at 9.10pm, will that do? says:
  9. 10
    BBC TRUSSED says:

    Tired old Heathite lefty Patton.

  10. 11
    edwin says:

    does Fatty Panjandrum care? Does he f**k.

  11. 18
    Bill Quango MP/8 says:

    Newsnight are going to be all over this story!
    probably..if there is time .. after …you know..

    “Tonight on Newsnight .. Nelson Mandela tributes read in full.

    Plus .. we ask Germaine Greer, That fruit-bowl headed woman, Grayson Perry and peter Andre “How great a man was Nelson Mandela and did prison have any bearing on his greatness?”

    And coming up..

    Was being called nelson the reason Nelson was so great? We talk to the great-great-great grandson of admiral Horatio Nelson, Nelson Piquet and singer Willie Nelson to find out.

    And
    More Mandela.
    Who will the BBc feature on its New years eve LOOK BACK AT 2013 ?”

  12. 19
    Shooty* says:

    Look, what you have to understand is that he’s not one of the little people. Can you just drop this now please, and let’s all move on? It’s not important, and really no one cares.

  13. 21
    Blowing Whistles says:

    “Oh what a tangled web they weave – when at first they practice to deceive”

    Time that the establishment got off of its posterior and started clearing out the stables – From the top down.

    No more reward for failure. Prison time and how about ‘pulling the guilded pension rights’ of all of those atop the stinking pile of Pa3do shit?

  14. 22
    NSA says:

    If only we could tell you……

    • 125
      Those were the days my friend - but they ended says:

      Feel free. Don’t mind us, we all promise to look the other way (until you have gone).

  15. 26

    We need a Questions to Which the Answer is Yes

    Top for consideration are:

    * Mark Thompson is a lying сunt.
    * Chris Patten is a blustering thug and a cover up king.

    Voting starts now…

    Oh and whilst we are about it:

    * Piers Morgan is a chiselling crook.

    How about a phone in for that one?

  16. 27
    Anonymous says:

    So Pollard, and the Trust must be confident that Boaden lied?
    Why have they not re

  17. 28
    wriggling bastards says:

    Evil little shits at the BBC, that’s all I’ve got to say.

  18. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Just let me spend my money on information / entertainment of my choice and I will never have to think about the antics of whatever loathsome rump of this unspeakable organisation remains.

  19. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Patten is as fake as the media event in SA, did the BBC supply the sign language translator?

  20. 33
    Phwoooar! says:

    absolutely disgraceful

    If that had happened at my school, I would have.

  21. 34
    Lord Stansted says:

    “The unanimous conclusion of the four Trustees is that they are satisfied that Nick Pollard properly weighed all the evidence that was available to him and that the conclusions of his report are robust.”

    Well fuck me, who would have guessed.

    • 41
      Bill Quango MP/8 says:

      This is from a template you can download.
      Go to YOUGOV.co.uk.white_wash/denial/noblame/keep/job

      “The unanimous conclusion of the _______ is that he/she/they are satisfied that _________ properly / weighed all the evidence/followed established procedures/acted in an impeccable manner/ was allowed under the rules that was/were available to him/her and that the conclusions of his report are robust.”

      Then tag on the usual ‘lessons have been learned’ and send it to the media.

      • 111
        Blowing Whistles says:

        My local council are adept at that sort of thing … only thing is they are ‘sinking’ fast to the bottom with their “PartnerSHIP colleagues” in crime – the police.

        No doubt it applies – countrywide too.

        emails – I’ll give my local fucking ‘Criminal Enterprise’ practicing council emails.

  22. 35
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    The BBC is rotten to the core. Time to withdraw all its public funding and then declare it bankrupt.

  23. 37
    BBC Tumbleweed Watch says:

    Similar language to the Climategate “investigation” which concluded all was well despite some unfortunate turns of phrase.

    “So to review: Sir John persuades Lord Oxburgh to head the panel despite Lord O having a conflict of interest. Lord O misleads public, parliament and government about the nature of his review. Lord O fails to look at the most criticised papers, having accepted a list proposed by the people he’s supposed to be investigating. Sir John congratulates Lord O on having played a blinder. Sir John notes that Lord O has misled everyone and failed to look at the papers everyone is upset about and says it doesn’t matter. Sir John says that CRU’s science is still sound.”

    http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/5/6/oxburghs-eleven-in-the-reponse.html

  24. 39
    Sir Jimmy Savile, made in Britain by the BBC says:

    I always liked that Patten dude. He’s a real gent.

  25. 40
    Podiceps says:

    Is it possible for Nick Pollard to have a genuine conversation?

    • 43
      Bill Quango MP/8 says:

      I’m afraid he can only interface in an inclusive stakeholder umbrella paradigm.

    • 46
      BBC HR Neddy says:

      We sent him in a course. In the Maldives, if memory serves. If you like I can ask one of my assistants to task colleagues to initiate a fact-seeking procedure to confirm that.

    • 86
      It depends upon his burners says:

      Do they have North Sea Gas in his area?

  26. 48
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    There is a pattern developing from Patten.

  27. 52
    Owhine Jones. says:

    Toot Toot !

  28. 60
    The British media are cunts says:

    The BBC are useless lefty cuunts that should be flushed down the toilet.

  29. 61
    Penfold says:

    Who are these 4 Trustees?

    I think we should be told, given the importance of the issue at hand.

  30. 62

    This is what I found in a misdirected email labelled ‘draft letter to Chris’. I am completely puzzled by it and wonder if anyone can shed any light upon it?

    Dear Chris

    Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I want to inform you that my report to you was complete and accurate in every detail and that the BBC may be regarded as blameless in every respect over everything it has ever undertaken.

    Whatever Helen was saying must have been affected by the powder which was flying about at the time and I think we may safely ignore that.

    I stand by my report’s conclusions so that we can both be held to be above blame. I shall write to you separately regarding invoicing over this matter which I sure you will not exceed the cost of the original report.

    Yours sincerely

    Nick

    There was also some reference to Snow. Could that be Jon? Nah, he is on the other side. Puzzled.

  31. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Sack the lot.Taxpayer ripped for another £3m,not to mention the £28m Lloyds fine.Are they all incompetent,asleep or both?

  32. 65
    BBC Untrusted. says:

    ” Four trustees, whose identity we did
    not know, have met in secret and
    concluded that though ‘a mistake’ has
    been made, it’s best to just ignore it:”

    They better clear desks. They are a disgrace! They cannot be trusted to be impartial or fair!

    The BBC is clearly made up of Brainwashing, Bullshitting Hunts.

    Collective ScUMbags!

    They should stick to what they do best. Licking Labour’s arsehole!

    • 127
      Twilight says:

      The four trustees whose identity we do not know? may not even exist, how would you know?. the Mandella worshipers Trust could not give a toss because they are a protected specie, trans-human even,, Common Purpose graduates without doubt.

  33. 69
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Why doesn’t Chris just release a Clegg style ‘I’m Sorry’ video – surely the Beeb have some talent left to knock something like that up ?

  34. 70
    BBC Corrupted Trust says:

    “The unanimous conclusion of the four trustees [who evaluated Pollard's account of the conversation] is that they are satisfied that Nick Pollard properly weighed all the evidence that was available to him and that the conclusions of his report are robust,” the BBC Trust said in a statement. “They remain confident that Nick Pollard conducted an independent, fair and thorough examination of the issues raised by the dropped Newsnight investigation [into Savile's alleged child sex abuse].”

    This is scandalous!! Who are these people?

    • 81
      Bill Quango MP/8 says:

      That information is classified.
      only the BBC, Piers Morgan and President Obama know.

    • 101
      BBC says:

      Shut the fuck up and watch your politically correct programming, this week we have our beloved LibLabCon pretending to fight it out once again. Which team will you pick this time the red team or the blue team or maybe even the yellow team. You have to pick one of those otherwise you’re a xenophobic homophobic racist scumbag!
       
       

       
      PS Remember to pay your TV tax, we love your hard earned dosh!

    • 113
      Blowing Whistles says:

      The TRICK that is being done before the publics eyes is that the whole gambit is being kept away from the criminal courts – could there be some memo of (mis)understanding between the ptb and the most criminally guilty?

    • 115
      Fishy says:

      Perm any 4 from 11, BCT

      1.Lord Patten, Chairman: BBC apologies and wanker

      2. Diane Coyle, Vice Chairman: Former BBC presenter, married to Beeboid, Rory Cellan-Jones. Former Economics editoe with the (not so) Independedent

      3.Sonita Alleyne: Former BBC journalist and presenter

      4.Richard Ayre: Worked for the BBC for nearly 30 years was Contoller of Editorial policy, during which time he got round the prohibition of appearances by the IRA by using actors voices

      5.Alison Hastings, Trustee for England: Media consultant and Chair of the BBCs Audience Council to identify the needs and concerns of viewers and listeners (cough)

      6.David Liddiment: Ex Head of Entertainment at the BBC and now Creative Director of the independent production company ‘all3media’ which produces programmes for the BBC including ‘Horrible Histories and the White Queen

      7.Bill Matthews, Trustee for Scotland: Described as ‘the BBC’s mystery man in Scotland’ and ‘elusive’, a non-beeboid that hold many non executive, this-that-and-the-other posts across the public sector. Was another BBC Audience Council member

      8.Aideen McGinley, Trustee for Northern Ireland: Spent a lifetime in the public and third sectors. Former member of BBC Northern Ireland Appeals Advisory Committee (whatever that is)

      9.Elan Closs Stephens, Trustee for Wales: According to the BBC, A ‘career academic’. ‘Many of the leading lights of today’s broadcasting environment started their careers under Elan’s tutelage at the University of Aberystwyth where she is Professor of Communications and Creative Industries. Held a number of public sector appointments including S4C the BFI and the British Council

      10.Suzanna Taverne: A non-beeboid who has worked in the public and private sector, but another who has worked for the Independent and the pink one

      11.Lord Williams: Former BBC World Service Editor, UN Diplomant, Former Spad to Robin Cook and Jack Straw. Now a Labour Peer

      12.Vacant: It could be you….but if you’re not a BBC / Labour Party insider forget it!

      Place your bets. I’ll go with number 2, 11, 4 and 9

  35. 73

    Boaden meaning and name origin

    Boaden \b(o)-den\ as a girl’s name is pronounced BOH-den. It is of Scandinavian and Old French origin, and the meaning of Boaden is “shelter; one who brings news“. Saint Bo Diddley (16th century) was an English saint who specialised in the clave rhythm.

    • 103
      Guest says:

      Who bloody cares. We all know the BBC is a corrupt organisation filled with people of strange sexual mores who hate England, and all it once stood for.

  36. 75
    Your Friendly Neighbourhood Apocryphal Story Compendium Service says:

    Reminiscent of the apocryphal story of the traveling businessman, who stayed in what he thought was a reliably-clean hotel, and found out it had bedbugs.

    He wrote to complain, and received a letter from the hotel, apologising profusely, and saying that the matter had been looked into and appropriate action was being taken. The hotel management concluded with the obligatory “We would understand it if you wished never to patronise our establishment again, but we should like to earn back your trust, and to this end, we are including a discount coupon, etc etc etc.”

    Supposedly, attached to the letter was a note from the manager with the businessman’s name and address, saying “Send ‘Mong-Boy’ the standard ‘bug-letter and a coupon’.”

  37. 77
    Hugh Jend says:

    Not the first time that the words spunk, arse and patten have been used in one sentence….

  38. 79
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    photo/1

    • 97
      The BBC is predatory says:

      The fake interpreter “winging it” reminds me of most of those in the HoC.

    • 105
      Anon. says:

      Looks like he gets on ok with the song,yep same guy.
      This is the perfect country that the BBC keeps on about.

  39. 84
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    The BBC just carries on after each disaster, yet it has the hypocrisy to report on the banking scandals. As part of the BBC News they should give regular updates on Savile, Newsnight slander, the waste of £100,000,000 on the computer sytem, why Patten believes he shouldn’t appear before a select committee.
    The BBC always attacks the coalition but never reports on itself. Major changes are needed.

  40. 88
    Mornington Crescent says:

    He can’t even be arsed to sign his own letter – such is his disdain for the truth.

    Look carefully, the letter is signed ‘pp’.

  41. 89
    Podgy surely must be one of the Fibbing Four says:

    Podgy Patten, Diane Coyle, Sonita Alleyne, Richard Ayre, Alison Hastings, David Liddiment, Bill Matthews, Aideen McGinley, Elan Stephens, Suzanna Taverne, Lord Williams, +1.

    Take your pick!

  42. 90
    Lizzie says:

    The report, from the BBC view, was NOT flawed, it exonerated the BBc on everything except a few trivial points,

  43. 92
    Fed up with the endless nonsense says:

    Common Purpose are all over this like a rash.

  44. 94
    PC PC Plod says:

    Now I don’t want to hear any more Mandela jokes from you lot, you hear!
     
     

    • 99
      National Socialism is the answer says:

      I note he has the book The Third Reich” on his book shelf behind him.

  45. 95
    Tachybaptus says:

    And despite all of the foregoing, Cameron is still a twat.

  46. 98
    bogtrott says:

    Why wasn’t this report done by the police?.Answer that and you will understand why nothing will be done.

  47. 100
    The members of Common Purpose says:

    It’s been a horrible, stressful time for us; for a moment there, it looked we would be held to account just like one of the ‘little people’ who pay our immense salaries and gold-plated pension.

    The crisis is over!

  48. 102
    cargill55 says:

    Abolish the BBC, it is a threat to British freedom and democracy.

  49. 104
    avataruk says:

    “The hallmarks of Chris Patten’s chairmanship of the BBC Trust have been a lack of grip and repeated evasion of responsibility.”

    Why expect him to change the habits of a lifetime!

    His integrity and performance has been suspect for many years, wherever his contacts got employment for him.

    To be fair, there are many others who have similarly voyaged from one lucrative senior public appointment to another throughout their careers, apparently never being properly assessed and vetted as regards performance or suitability and yet continually being appointed by like minded cliques whose members scratch each others’ backs..

  50. 106
    Peter Oborne fan says:

    21 Nov 2013

    “Now the BBC chairman has been given yet another chance to do the right thing. The Tory MP Robert Wilson has this week sent him the tape of an astonishing conversation between Nick Pollard (who led the Pollard Review into the axing of the Newsnight investigation into Savile) and a third party, an unnamed journalist.”

    “In this tape Mr Pollard raises with the journalist his decision to leave out of his report a crucial piece of evidence which appears to prove that the former BBC director general Mark Thompson had been told about sex abuse allegations against Savile. He acknowledged that it could be seen as a “mistake”.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100246954/lord-patten-must-find-out-the-truth-about-jimmy-savile-mark-thompson-and-the-pollard-review/

    Mr Pollard admits to the journalist that, during the course of his inquiry, he received a letter from a lawyer representing the BBC executive Helen Boaden. This letter explicitly stated that Boaden informed Mark Thompson in December 2011 (nine months before Thompson left the BBC) that Newsnight had investigated Savile over allegations of sex abuse.”

  51. 107
    Ye_Olde_Sausage_Machine says:

    Savile had the bloody keys to Broadmoor prison, a high security prison housing the UK most dangerous and disturbed prisoners, including Peter Sutcliffe for example (who Savile was photographed with, incidently)

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/n

    (edit: Note the masonic handshake between Bruno and Sutcliffe)

    Would you care to explain how such a thing was possible?

    Savile used his connections in various charities and organisations, including the BBC to abuse people. We don’t know the full story of what happened and probably never will. We know that many of his abuses happened on BBC premises.

    If you want to get inside the mind of someone like Savile and understand what these people are involed in, study the Marc Dutroux story.

    I’d just add this disclaimer though…

  52. 110
  53. 118
    Mike Mann says:

    It’s robust, like my hockeysticks.
    I’m convinced.

  54. 120
    Anonymous says:

    Is the Lizzi at 89 who says the report exonerated the BBC Lizz Loxam the BBC Elections Editor by any chance. Unusual spelling of Lizz. I think we should be told.

    • 126
      Those were the days my friend - but they ended says:

      No 89 seems to make no mention of any Lizz. Nor does any of the surrounding entries. Has somebody been using the scissors again?

      • 128
        Anonymous says:

        Lizzie has now become No. 90. Is she the same Lizzie who is the BBC Elections Editor? Not many Elizabeth’s choose to abbreviate their first name that way and Lizzie des appear to be blindly supportive of the BBC.

  55. 129

    These are all professional arse savers, probably been at it a lifetime. Covering up the cover ups. Guess what you have is just a small tip to the iceberg more to come before it melts.


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Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

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