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…




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