February 3rd, 2014

One Question PAC Should Ask Mark Thompson

For the third time in 15 months Mark Thompson is back home answering questions about a BBC scandal, up in front of the Public Accounts Committee today. Guido has one question they should ask him.

Below is a letter sent by law firm Mills & Reeve on behalf of Thompson and BBC exec Helen Boaden to the Sunday Times’ lawyers on the 6th September 2012. In it, Thompson and Boaden threaten to sue the Sunday Times if it publishes a story by freelance hack Miles Goslett detailing their knowledge of the Savile scandal. Thompson has always claimed he knew nothing of the sex abuse rumours about Jimmy Savile until after he quit as BBC chief, on the 16th September 2012.

How can Thompson have denied knowing about allegations which his own lawyer was threatening to sue a newspaper over? Perhaps the PAC should try to find out…


  1. 1
    Mark T says:

    It’s easy


    • 5
      Narcissist watch says:

      To maintain a beard that short requires standing in front of a mirror and preening oneself every morning.


    • 27
      Anonymous says:

      Chris Patten is a dishonest man, and he knows it.


    • 34
      Anonymous says:

      Goslett has evidence proving that Boaden and Thompson spent £803 of licence fee money on legal fees which resulted in this letter being sent. Chris Patten knows all about this.
      In other words, licence fee payers paid for this deceit.
      That tells you all you need to know about the people who run the BBC.


      • 48
        Hodge Podge - Super Hypocrite says:

        My committee has absolutely no intention of getting to the truth on the BBC and Thompson’s cover up of Jimmy Savile during our party’s period in power.
        The BBC are doing a sterling job of making the Labour Party electable and in power at the next election, and we have no reason the threaten this.


    • 49
      Christopher 'Fat Pang' Patten says:

      I think you’ll like the Chablis; like a good headmaster, it is well-organised, and warm-hearted beneath a flinty exterior.


  2. 2
    Fairy story says:

    Is Michael Gove reading a story to Primary 1?


    • 4
      Teachers says:

      Detention is against bullies’ human rights!

      Prizes for all!


    • 6
      The Socialist Third sector says:


      • 16
        Mornington Crescent says:

        Not forgetting Macmillan Cancer’s Comms Chief…


        • 126
          Macmillan Cancer Campaign says:

          Give money to us, or these two sociopathic role model daughters who are clearly of different fathers to this poor old woman, will leave her to die in the street, cold and alone, of cancer…

          … not that your donations are paying their wage, or for this advertising slot, oh no, all the loot money goes to cancer research…


      • 17
        Mornington Crescent says:

        “In 2008, Brown changed the rules so charities could join political campaigns.”

        And what has Dave done to change the rules back…?


        • 26
          One-term Dave (dragging the Tories to their grave) says:

          By jove! I’ve been far too busy, old bean! Since becoming PM, my government’s been devoted to more important matters than cleaning up the mess created by my hero Tony. Why, we’ve given away more than £41 billion in foreign aid! Jolly hard work, but jolly spiffing!

          Sorry, can’t do anything about the flooding, that would cost a couple of million. No money left, see?

          Tally ho!


      • 18
        Tax Charity Shops says:

        True. Nowadays it is impossible to even think about working for a charity in anything other than an unpaid capacity if you are not a card-carrying member of the Labour Party.


        • 67
          FFS says:

          And whilst the people on the bottom rung are usually volunteers, the people at the top always seem to be on £150K+ salaries.


          • The way of the world says:

            Slight exagerration: there are lots of dedicated staff in charities working for a fraction of what they could earn elsewhere.

            They are usually the competent ones who actually get things done, but not very good at office polticis because they assume everyone else is altruistic: the political bigwigs then invariably steal the credit they are due and get high salaries, the MBEs and damehoods.


          • (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

            Why do you think that I don’t donate to Oxfam, or the Sally Ann?


      • 30
        Sue says:

        I no longer give to any charity that receives money from the taxpayer or has an ex-Labour thug at the helm.


      • 36
        Sir Stephen Bubb. Leader of the Charity Bosses' Union...A Labour party member says:

        Head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations

        Bubb was a Labour Party member of Lambeth Borough Council for Clapham Town ward from 1982, serving as chief whip for the Labour group. When the Labour group protested against rate-capping by refusing to set a rate, Bubb was among 32 Lambeth councillors who were surcharged for causing the council a financial loss by wilful misconduct. This action disqualified him from being a councillor for five years from the end of March 1986

        With breathtaking arrogance, the chief spokesman for Britain’s voluntary organisations declares that charity bosses’ inflated salaries are ‘simply not an issue’ for donors.



  3. 3
    When will Chris Patten stop beating his meat? says:


  4. 7
    Taxpayer says:

    Nothing like crooked lying City solicitors

    Killing freedom of speech and criminally threatening people

    They go hand in hand with this other bunch of fucking criminals


    Another £1.8 BILLION making a total of £10 BILLION

    and still not one motherfucker in jail for all of this…


  5. 8
    Podiceps says:

    Wot no Rich & Mark? Essential to give you that Monday morning feeling.


  6. 11
    Dan Hodges says:

    President Hollane just told me ” Monsieur Milibande? Il est un citron.”


  7. 12
    Clarence for Brighton says:

    I love Helen.


  8. 19
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    BBC… rotten to the Corp.


  9. 20
    Is she describing her figure? says:


    • 28
      A House says:

      “Pushing the market towards a bubble?@

      Of course it’s a bubble. It is supposed to be.

      The only question is whether it burts before the next election with a hadr landing (as the FT wants) or after the next election, with an even harder landing (as Dave cameron wants).


      • 46
        When will they ever learn? says:

        And the Banks of course will write off BILLIONS of our cash


        After the banksters have taken their bonuses and run



    • 68
      i don't n eed no doctor says:

      So how much has Abbott made on her tax payer funded property. Abbott is totally stupid, she just can’t help herself.


  10. 21
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    New Populus poll: Lab 41% (+2), Con 32% (N/C), Lib Dems 11% (N/C), UKIP 9% (-1) http://popu.lu/s_vi140203

    It’s bloody awful in the bunker,please hand me a tin hat asap.


    • 40
      Jack Ketch says:

      It is worth reading the detail of the poll. It is based on a GE, not the Euros. UKIP’s share of the D/E income segment is 13%! In the North it is 10%-the same as in the South East. It drops off in Scotland (Jocks) and the South West (Gyppos).


  11. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Thompson must have the most dire reputation of any media executive in Britain/the US. What does the New York Times see in him?
    Boaden is a laughing stock.
    The BBC is rotten at its core.


    • 44
      Casual Observer 6 says:

      The BBC have been running rac!ally divisive programming in the US for a while now on the BBC America channel.

      Like P!ers M’organ, T’hompson is a flawed liberal left apartchik who has been appointed to one of the major liberal left media outlets.

      The rationale behind these types of appointments is somewhat muddied now.

      Thompson will be safe at the New York Times until the stock or circulation drops, or the board find someone more agreeable to head what is reputed to be a wholesome family broadsheet.

      The dubious UK appointments of the left will be axed one way or another when O’bama is finally evicted.


  12. 25
    Commuter says:

    It is time the London underground trains were driven by computer. This current round of strikes is ludicrous.


  13. 31
    Summer Holiday says:

    I do hope the BBC aren’t planning a special programme celebrating Cliff Richard’s career.


    • 38
      Summer Holiday says:


      “Prince Charles said he was saddened by the news”

      “Crowds loved him”

      “A profound enigma”

      “Fulfilling ordinary people’s dreams”

      “Put his celebrity to use”

      “Raised £20 million”

      “It was all fun. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of fun”.

      “Jimmy was a wonderful man”.

      “Found consolation in doing good”.

      Nope, no cover-up by the beeb there.


    • 71
      Ester Rancid says:

      We all knew nothin’.


    • 98
      Anonymous says:

      If the establishment are willing to throw Mr X under the double decker bus as a distraction, you know the net must be closing in on the big fish in the political sphere.


  14. 35
    Mad Frankie Maude says:

    Does anyone else think Michael Gove is a complete bellend or is it just me ?


    • 41
      A vulva says:

      Just you.


    • 43
      Sir William Wayde says:

      Just you and the hidebound reactionaries at the NUT.


    • 50
      Dame Jenny Morgan the quango whinger says:

      I agree with you and have gone whining and moaning to the BBC who have agreed to make it a major issue as it fits their agenda of bashing the Conservatives and getting the traitorous Lib Dems to side with Labour.


  15. 39
    Sir William Wayde says:

    What is Dame Shirley Bassey doing, writing snotty legal letters?


  16. 42
    When will they ever learn? says:

    Excellent article by Guido Alex (for once)

    The problem the Tories have with the House of Lords are entirely of their own making

    They are so fucking short sighted that they could not see a Jihadi about to punch them in de face

    UKIP, with all its shortcomings, is the only solution


    • 104
      The City Banksters says:

      Yes!, we think UKIP is the only solution too.

      Out of the EU now!


      • 142
        green people are sentencing 30,000 people to death this winter says:

        And abolish Stamp Duty while you are at it .


    • 146
      carlo gambino says:

      UKIP spammers (boring for Britain no) have this strange belief that a UKIP MP (ho) is somehow going to be a shinier, nrighter, more honest, more hard-working beast than the current shower of shites.

      How are things in Cloud-Cuckoo Land?


      • 149
        FFS says:

        It is a clear choice between those that might be more honest and might be less corrupt and those that are proven to be both dishonest and corrupt.

        The choice is that simple. Vote UKIP.


        • 150
          We KNOW liblabcon are liars.. we can hope UKIP less so. says:

          everyone I speak to.

          Vote UKIP at every opportunity, it’s the only protest vote available to us.


  17. 47
    Sue says:

    We want his BBC pension back.

    No rewards for failure. No rewards for incompetence. No rewards for those who did nothing to protect children.

    He protected that filth & should pay.


  18. 53
    Mr Anonymous says:

    Great digging by Guido, as ever.

    But as someone who has not been following the precise twists & turns of this case, it would have been nice to have seen a quote or two from Mark Thompson denying that he knew about the claims prior to Sept 6th. Then, in my view, you would have him bang to rights. As it is, we only have your word that he has denied knowing about the accusations at the time of the (heavy handed) letter.


  19. 54
    BBC Rapid Rebuttal Service says:

    Executive Order 432423.434324.42334534.634643.A898989.6464554.123123.03022014

    Deploy Owen Jones across all output rapidly.


  20. 56
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics today.
    Strange that Ed Miliband got rid of her from the shadow cabinet (junior minister) with about 15 months to go until the 2015 election.
    Even more strange is that she now appears on the BBC two to three times a week. So with an election coming and the BBC supposedly not biased politically, why is a labour former junior minister given so much exposure by the BBC.
    Guido could ask the question! The BBC needs to answer.


    • 64
      EUHATER says:

      If the BBC imagine for one moment that this will increase the Labour vote ,it can only go down as an own goal.


    • 131
      Fly on the wall says:

      Sky does something similar with Jowell, Smiff, Motormouth McGuire etc…

      There really is no escape from these lefty cvnts.


  21. 57
    Harper Road, London, SE1 6AG is nowhere near Stoke says:


  22. 58
    Mark Thompson says:

    Please make all the nasty comments go away.


  23. 63
    And Dave? says:

    So this morning Geedo has done

    Crooked Unions
    Crooked Quangos
    Crooked Tory MPs
    Crooked LibDem Mp
    And Crooked BBC

    And they are crooked.

    But Dave is the PM, what is Dave doing about them?

    FFS the only thing that Dave put any energy into during all his time as PM was Homosexual Marriage and that wasn’t even in his manifesto or a demand of the Homosexual lobby.


  24. 65
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    One of labour’s bandwagon spins is that all teachers should be qualified. If this is the case then should all apprentices have to be taught by a person with a teaching qualification? So for instance if an apprentice is being trained in engineering, do all the engineers that teach that apprentice need a teaching qualification?


    • 73
      They go for soundbites without thinking. says:

      It is stupid and unworkable.

      To stop people who can do from teaching in state schools would be a massive retreat in standards. There are many experts/professionals who give their time for free and they would be banned under Labour, including one David Miliband who gives up his time for nothing teaches politics to ordinary children


    • 80
      No it's not hard and neither is this says:

      Nope and you don’t need a PGCE to teach/lecture at Universities or FE colleges either. THIS is not about teaching kids it’s about keeping the “closed shop” and the NUT is one of the last bastions of THAT principle


    • 106
      Paniagua V5.1 says:

      Look on the bright side, at least Fatbot would have to shut her massive pie hole as she is eminently unqualified to tell anyone anything.


    • 107
      FFS says:

      So says the party that brought in completely unqualified teaching assistants


    • 133
      Nurse Pilgrim says:

      I am outraged.


    • 152
      NUT jobs says:

      Teachers should not be allowed to be members of extremist groups such as anarchist swp


  25. 70
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    What was that on the side of Diane Abbott’s neck (Daily Politics Show). It couldn’t be a love bite, could it? Anyone seen a visitor with a guide dog at her house?


  26. 75
    Guy News Room says:

    Guido Fawkes calls on Gove to reinstate Baroness Morgan as Chair of Ofsted.


  27. 83
    Ianto Evans says:

    Telling fibs whilst in public office.

    well I never…………..


    • 90
      A taxpayers' alliance says:

      Do not pass go .

      Do not collect £200.

      Go directly to jail and no taxpayer funded pension for you!


      • 96
        Long John Silver's parrot says:

        How about throwing away the key too ?


        • 102
          Phil from Pentonville says:

          Bowl of porridge and a bucket with icicles on your window.

          No tags or library duties just because you can read and went to school with the Governors


          • Oscar from Reading says:

            Yeah right on Phil mate.

            We are all equal here but some are more equal than others.

            Did you dave croissant with your tea this morning?

            They just haven’t got a clue. The merchant bankers think it is all anal sex and a bed of roses here.

            They know nothing.


  28. 84
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    “House of Lords catering complaints revealed”


    “One peer, who booked lunch for a party of nine, was unhappy to find the creme brulee, ordered to come with stewed berries, arrived fruitless.”


    • 92
      ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

      “A new coffee machine in the Lords bar was deemed “inferior”, with a peer concerned that the whole building might now be devoid of decent cappuccino options.”


      • 117
        chutchy face says:

        Thanks Mousey, shame Liebour didn’t reorganise the catering in the Palace of Westminster, I agree 13 years isn’t a long time to do much except spray the people taxes up the wall on nothing and take £100 billion out of the pensions pot.


    • 103
      All in this together says:

      And to think I came all this way to collect my £300, and I’m treated like this!


    • 122
      The Squeezed Middle says:

      If they don’t like it they can always bring a packed lunch to work.


    • 137
      Phil from Pentonville says:

      I know how the little Lord feels.


    • 139
      Ron from Walton says:

      Never mind my Lord.

      Would you like a nice chocolate eclair ?


  29. 86
    Mitch says:

    O/T – Cameron has ‘overuled’ the Home office and allowed pubs to stay open during the World cup games. This situation has obviously been staged to present Cameron as on the side of the ‘man in the pub’. He is a disgrace.


    • 91
      FFS says:

      Could that be ANYTHING to do with the recent poll that suggested Theresa May would be more popular than Wavy Davey as head of the Tories?


    • 99
      UKIP or bust says:

      Clueless, that’s what this metrocentric LibLabCon elite are. They see Farage is popular, they see Farage uses pubs, so instead of copying Farage’s polices they copy his use of pubs.

      He’s popular becouse he wants what is good for the British.

      ‘king clueless, out of touch privileged wankers, the lot of ‘em.


    • 100
      John Smith says:

      Pubs are basically allowed to open 24 hours, anyway, so what kind of ‘permission’ was required? Who would seriously try and close a pub during a world cup game?


    • 119
      Long John Silver's parrot says:

      I thought there was some EU summit on when we were playing in the World Cup ?


      • 125
        Jimmy Hill says:

        No ,no ,no!

        The summit occurs when the Quarter Finals are on.

        With Woy of the Wovers in charge we will be finished long before then.


  30. 87
    The BBC says:

    We all knew that Jimmy was a shild sex perv back in the days when he presented Top of the Pops. So we put him in charge of a programme where he was responsible for taking youg children and “Fixing it for them”.


  31. 110
    Which ones are not the African visitors? says:


  32. 130
    carlo gambino says:

    ‘The professional and personal reputations of Mark Thompson and Helen Boaden’.

    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


  33. 134
    Tom from Burnham on Sea says:

    He is an ugly looking ‘ugger in’t he.


  34. 140
    broderick crawford says:

    Sorry Guido bit slow this morning must be the oncoming senility .

    But surely the letter us not DENYING the existence oF the allegations nor their knowledge of them by Thompson /Boaden.
    It is merely maintaining they are UNTRUE as far as their being directed at these two is concerned and therefore threatens suit if they are printed in that context .


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