Exclusive: The Tape Lord Patten Does Not Want You to Hear

Lord Patten yesterday threatened legal action against anyone publishing this audio recording. Guido is regardless publishing the bombshell tape recording of Pollard Review chairman Nick Pollard confessing that he made a ‘mistake’ by excluding key evidence about former BBC chief Mark Thompson from his final report in the the Jimmy Savile cover up at the BBC:

This what Lord Patten said at the time of the report’s release in December 2012:

“Neither I nor my colleagues intend to get involved in the next few hours, days, weeks, in an exegesis about the report. As far as we’re concerned the report is an excellent account of what happened. We’re totally in support of the recommendations, and that as far as I am concerned is that.”

Two months later it was revealed that key evidence had been left out of the report. Despite knowing all of this Patten told Parliament in October “I am saying that Nick Pollard did a report that was well received and well regarded, not least because it was so blisteringly honest about some of the failures in the BBC”, adding “I have no reason to suppose that we shouldn’t accept that report.”

When the BBC spends £3 million of licence fee money on an inquiry into a matter as serious as the Savile Sex Abuse scandal, and the inquiry chairman rings a journalist to tell him that he got part of his report wrong, it is undeniably in the public interest that licence-fee payers are told about it. Part time BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten has known of Pollard’s error for months. Yet he appears to have done all he can to avoid addressing it and has shown no willingness to inform the public of it. Someone has some explaining to do…

Time Running Out for Patten to Save Face

Pompous part time BBC Trust Chairman is having a terrible Monday morning. As Guido reported in yesterday’s Sun, the chairman of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has weighed into the growing Pollard Review shambles. John Whittingdale says:

“Lord Patten previously told us he was relaxed about it but having listened to the tape recording he’s shifted his position. The committee would now like to see the exchange of letters between Patten and Pollard. Then we will decide if further action is necessary.”

James Harding is quiet too. Now Rob Wilson has given Patten an ultimatum. This morning Trevor Kavanagh reports:

“BBC boss Lord Patten will today be given 48 hours to come clean over claims that top executives knew Jimmy Savile’s reputation as a rampant sexual predator. If he fails to respond, Tory MP Rob Wilson has told me exclusively that he will release taped evidence that ex-BBC chief Mark Thompson was personally warned about a Newsnight investigation into the allegations.”

Tick tock, tick tock…

Five Live Censor Tim Montgomerie for BBC Criticism

The deeply unpleasant Radio 5 presenter Sam Walker got her knickers in a right twist earlier when Tim Montgomerie of the Times was on her show. Reading out left-wing hackette Samira Shackle’s Twitter handle, so listeners could find her online, gobby Walker point blank refused to do the same for Monty:

“Now if you’d like to follow Samira on Twitter she is @samirashackle. If you want to follow Tim then bad news because yesterday he retweeted someone slagging off the BBC so I’m not going to tell you his address. But now is not the time to refuse to give out Tim Montgomerie’s Twitter address although I am not going to give out Tim Montgomerie’s Twitter address for now is the time to open your ears, put up your feet settle back, as we Chart The Week.”

Here is the offending Tweet that Tim had dared to push:

The former editor of ConHome told listeners: “I can’t remember Sam retweeting someone who was rude about the BBC.” The delightful Walker hit back “Well you better look back through your timeline Tim,” giving Monty the final word “I better hadn’t I. I didn’t know we were being censored, weren’t allowed free speech but I will behave much better from now on.”

The paranoia is getting to them.

A Patten Emerges: Pressure Turned Up on BBC Chairman

As Guido revealed in the Sun on Sunday, part time BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten was dragging his feet after being played a tape recording that proves the £3 million Pollard Review into the Jimmy Savile cover up was deeply flawed and that evidence had been excluded by ‘mistake’. Completely coincidentally Patten has woken up and this morning’s Times reports that he has sent the recording to Pollard for comment. Patten’s nemesis smells blood.

Philip Davies is keeping the pressure on. Guido hears he has written to the former Tory MP “for the avoidance of doubt” in order to “impress upon you and your fellow Trustees again” the “very serious nature” of the situation, and questions why it has taken Patten and the BBC trust “nine months to address it, this material having originally surfaced in the Sunday Times on 24 February.” Guido particularly enjoyed this line:

“I can see that it must be difficult for the BBC Trust to accept what has gone wrong here, but I would like to remind you that when you gave a speech in Turin on 22 September about the BBC you said it must “embrace the need for openness and honesty when things go wrong.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.”

Patten knows what is at stake here. This cover up has already forced out one BBC Director General and blighted the subsequent career of another. The good Lord has been dodging this issue for as long as he could, but it is looking increasingly like that tactic has ended in failure…

Patten of Cover Ups at BBC

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, part-time BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten is involved in a cover-up of a cover-up. The Beeb spent £3 million of licence fee-payers’ cash investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal and why a Newsnight exposé of it was shelved. It later emerged the Pollard Report did not contain the key piece of evidence that Mark Thompson was told about the allegations the show was preparing to make. This we already know, and Lord Patten continues to claim the report was all above board despite two weeks ago being played a tape recording of Nick Pollard admitting his report is deeply flawed and that he made “a mistake”. Despite this, Patten is dragging his feet with this new evidence. Perhaps he’s distracted by one of his other ten jobs. Stay tuned, there is more to come this week…

Video Says No

Labour’s digital strategy is still having some pretty unfortunate teething problems. For some strange reason they have had to take down this week’s big video by Miliband guru Arnie Graf from YouTube. At the time of going to pixel it is marked as private:

youtube_private_video

Guido understands it was BBC News boss James Harding who intervened over the use of BBC Parliament footage. Doh!

Cry Baby Bruce Turns on Today

Lots to talk about at tomorrow’s big strategy day at Labour HQ. Mainly how to whine, sorry win. Bargain basement strategist Bruce Hawker’s cry baby tactic is on display again this morning. Here is more of his wisdom, as told to Progress:

“Utilise social media as a strong alternative means of disseminating your message. It is also a very effective medium to lampoon and expose media bias. And enlist their competition to expose bias.”

The Labour press team has been noticeably more whiny over the last few days, calling Times editor John Witherow a “Tory mouthpiece”. As Guido pointed out last week, this is a deliberate shoot the messenger strategy.

Now they are going after that well-known bastion of right-wing bias, the Today programme:

Strewth! It’s going to be a long 18 months with all this moaning…

Graphic via The Australian.

Surely Not Another Newsnight Sacking

Emily Maitlis took to Twitter during last night’s Newsnight:

A sentiment echoed in living rooms across the country…

LISTEN: Paul Gambaccinni on Jimmy Savile

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Where do the BBC Go to Find the New Peston?

The Guardian, of course. The Beeb are advertising Pesto’s old job in the paper’s job section. You don’t have to read the Guardian to work at the BBC, but it helps…[…]

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Secret Handshake for Tories at the Beeb

Earlier Guido pointed out that Kevin Maguire was using the fact Tory MP Charlotte Leslie once worked as a researcher on the Weakest Link as proof that the BBC was not biased, well Ms. Leslie gets in touch:

“It was

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The Weakest Defence

Kevin Maguire says the BBC cannot possibly be left-wing because Brillo once worked as a Tory researcher and Nick Robinson was a wet YC. He then manages to find a few other high profile Beeb characters like Craig Oliver, Thea […]

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