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:

[gigya src=”https://s3.amazonaws.com/boos.audioboo.fm/swf/fullsize_player.swf” flashvars=”mp3=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboo.fm%2Fboos%2F1789763-the-tape-patten-does-not-want-you-to-hear.mp3%3Fsource%3Dwordpress&mp3Author=WikiGuido&mp3LinkURL=https%3A%2F%2Faudioboo.fm%2Fboos%2F1789763-the-tape-patten-does-not-want-you-to-hear&mp3Time=10.18am+11+Dec+2013&mp3Title=The+Tape+Patten+Does+Not+Want+You+to+Hear” width=”480″ height=”160″ allowFullScreen=”true” wmode=”transparent”]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…



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