Panorama yesterday delved into the increasingly murky world of who knew what about Jimmy Savile at the BBC, the organisation that propelled him into uber-stardom, and it seems also provided him with a ‘hunting ground’ for his depraved activities.
It came on the back of the controversy over the revelation that BBC shelved an investigation into Jimmy Savile by its Newsnight programme seemingly in favour of a fulsome tribute to the man we now know to be one of the worst sexual molesters ever unearthed in the UK.
Even more shocking are the reasons being given for dropping the programme. A reporter who worked on the Newnight investigation Liz MacKean claims in an e-mail referring to Peter Rippon the Newsnight editor.
”Having commissioned the story, Peter Rippon keeps saying he’s lukewarm about it and is trying to kill it by making impossible editorial demands.
“When we rebut his points, he resorts to saying: well, it was 40 years ago…the girls were teenagers, not too young…they weren’t the worst kind of sexual offences etc.
“He hasn’t warned BBC1 about the story, so they’re beavering away on the special, oblivious.”
The big question is – Is this the whole matter a cockup or a coverup. Is this symptomatic of a gross institutional failure or a naive attempt to bury a festering bag of worms?