December 12th, 2013

Good Morning Mark Thompson, Anything to Say?

In order to stop Lord Patten hiding behind legal threats yesterday, Guido did not publish part of the Pollard tape that the Chairman of the BBC Trust claimed was libellous and had used to threaten Tory MP Rob Wilson. It was separate to Pollard admitting that he made mistakes and that his report was flawed.

With no excuse, the plan worked and the BBC Trust were forced to comment just ten months after the flaws in the Pollard Review were first highlighted. The allegation that Mark Thompson ‘lied’ was run by the Telegraph this morning and will make for interesting reading in New York over breakfast.

The fact that evidence that from Helen Boaden, in direct contrast to Thompson’s, was not in included in the final Pollard Review allowed the former BBC boss to take up his job as the Chief Executive of the New York Times. He had supposedly been fully cleared and vindicated. Just two months later, the man who had cleared him was agreeing with journalists that Thompson was a liar:

Journalist: I also think it’s a fascinating insight that the instinct of Thompson according to Boaden’s version which you’ve just told me was to lie about this. That tells you a lot about the man.
Nick Pollard: Yes. Well…yeah…
Journalist: I was always told you don’t lie.
Nick Pollard: I think that’s right. There’s no doubt he painted himself into a corner.

Grey faces at the Grey Lady today.


35 Comments

  1. 1
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Didn’t Mark Thompson send a note to Ed Miliband saying “we have no policies”, says it all really.

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  2. 2
    Orson Cart says:

    Well done Gee Doh!

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    • 28

      YES GOOD WORK AGAin MISTER FAWKES AND TEAM

      YOU VE APPLIED THE CROSS AND THE GARLIC NECKLACE AND THE UNDEAD IS REELING BUT STILL HAS LIFE

      NOW WHAT WOULD BE IDEAL IS IF YOU COULD FIND THE FINAL PIECE OF DAMNING COLLUSIVE EVIDENCE BEING THE FINAL FIGURATIVE STAKE TO PIERCE THE HEART OF THE ZOMBIE ORGANIZATION FOR GOOD .

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  3. 3
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Maybe the BBC lies so much it doesn’t realise it’s doing so.

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  4. 4
    Reader says:

    Where are the cross-hairs?

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  5. 5
    geordieboy says:

    Patten to take Xmas break in Hong Kong (until it all blows over)
    Mark Thompson can tell a lie with a straight face,
    Just sack the fucking lot of them and commercialise the BBC,

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    • 27
      tractorboy says:

      Thompson and Patten have the same attitude inasmuch as having been elevated far beyond their competence they respond to any contrary view to their own as untrue, irrelevant or beneath their overwhelmingly large ego’s to respond.
      Your last sentence was masterfully worded and solves the problem “sack the fxxxing lot of them and comercialise the BBC”.

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  6. 6
    Shooty* says:

    *sigh* Look, which part of it don’t you get? He’s. A. Leftie. He can do what he wants.

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  7. 7
    Whiffler says:

    Wot? – slow comments ??

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  8. 8
    Lord Patten says:

    Everyone loves and trusts the BBC. Nothing to see here.

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  9. 9
    Whiffler says:

    So, Patten is covering up for Pollard’s cover-up of Thompson’s cover-up of Boaden’s cover-up of Savile?

    To quote Kinky Friedman (They don’t make ‘4 by 2s’ like Jesus any more) – “Is there anyone I’ve missed).

    At present we’re talking Savile-gate-gate-gate-gate-gate.

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  10. 10
    Whiffler says:

    NB – any comment with J followed by E followed by W is blocked without explanation.

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  11. 12
    
    
    


    ****** Mark Thompson is a lying сunt ******

    
    

    Well done Guido!

    
    
    

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  12. 15
    Jimmy Sir Vile says:

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  13. 16
    Moley says:

    Why are our politicians so completely incapable of understanding the contempt, loathing and mistrtust that we have for the BBC?

    I don’t EVER read, listen to or watch BBC News.

    I don’t EVER watch BBC programmes.

    I won’t EVER pay the licence fee.

    I just know that lying, bias, misrepresentation and distortion is the theme that runs, not only through news and programmes, but through the BBC Management’s and Trust’s dealings with Parliament and the rest of the media as well.

    Nobody can believe anything these people say.

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  14. 17
    Postal Vote says:

    Looking energised Mr Thompson.

    Anyway, Labour’s sign on Thompson’s BBC pay check has helped prevent proper investigative journalism into postal voting practices by the beeb and other interesting events in closely contested constituencies such as a missing voters register.

    PS why don’t other media than BBC look into postal voting and addresses with 10-plus regsitered voters? Don’t forget Balls won his contsituency with a majority around 950 while close to 10,000 postal votes were cast there!

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  15. 18
    A great institution brought to its knees by a shower of lying left wing cùnts says:

    When I bother to watch the BBC news these days. I spend the bulletin pointing out where they are lying, or preaching their left wing propaganda.
    It’s a good game which used to get on her wick….but now she does the same.

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  16. 22
    Observation says:

    Why would anyone bother to pay £145.50 for a TV Licence?
    The smart people are using catch-up TV.

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    • 30

      YEAH BUT THEY VE GOT YOU BY THE BOLLOCKS COZ EVEN IF YOU OWN VISUAL RECEPTOR EQUIPMENT SUCH AS PC LAPTOP IPAD OR MOBILE YOU ARE CONSIDERED TO NEED A LICENCE FOR SAME VIZ 145.50.

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      • 32
        Socialism = Starvation says:

        Communications Act 2003 in particular s368 (3)

        363 Licence required for use of TV receiver

        (1)A television receiver must not be installed or used unless the installation and use of the receiver is authorised by a licence under this Part.
        (2)A person who installs or uses a television receiver in contravention of subsection (1) is guilty of an offence.
        (3)A person with a television receiver in his possession or under his control who—
        (a)intends to install or use it in contravention of subsection (1), or
        (b)knows, or has reasonable grounds for believing, that another person intends to install or use it in contravention of that subsection,is guilty of an offence.
        (4)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

        S368 Meanings of “television receiver” and “use”

        (1)In this Part “television receiver” means any apparatus of a description specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State setting out the descriptions of apparatus that are to be television receivers for the purposes of this Part.
        (2)Regulations under this section defining a television receiver may provide for references to such a receiver to include references to software used in association with apparatus.
        (3)References in this Part to using a television receiver are references to using it for receiving television programmes.
        (4)The power to make regulations under this section defining a television receiver includes power to modify subsection (3).

        So not as yet does it cover PCs, tablets etc.

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  17. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Grey arsehole

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  18. 24
    Ferdinand Ficklewidget says:

    Thompson was never impressive. He did not come across as efficient or particularly intelligent, and I suspect many outside the London club saw this. I hope the game is up, for once the mask is dropped it can not be put back.

    With the right management the BBC could be a good company. Someone like the late Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures is needed to clear out the deadwood.

    Thompson was yet another fungus-faced left-wing placeman, stooge and parasite. It is heartwarming to see things going wrong for this bunch, but unfortunately the Westminster gang will close ranks, and you plebs can jump off the end of Southend Pier. Are you listening, plebs? How’s yer hovels?

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  19. 25
    lojolondon says:

    Thompson needs to step closer to the razor, he looks like he lives on the street.

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  20. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Monday Club, cough, Sidney Cooke, cough, Ex Cabinet minister admitting to being filmed at a ‘sex party’ where young boys were buggered.

    Keep digging Guido, the BBC will look Saintly once the truth is out.

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  21. 33
    fed-up in britain says:

    clear the fucking lot out.Lying buggering cheating .Greed is the mantra of these Hunts.Its time for the shit to hit the start button. Bring it on.???????????????

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  22. 34

    Dont throw out baby with bathwater. Commercial TV globally would like nothing better than the demise of the BBC. Just because it is pretty sick doesnt mean you have to kill it off or privatize it – Britain’s record on increasing efficiency through privatization is dismal and in fact negative.

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  23. 35

    Guido, how much are @RupertMurdoch & #Fox paying you to kill off BBC – tell the truth…

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