BBC reporter who tried to expose Jimmy Savile scandal claims he has now been ‘forced out’ of his job along with other colleagues ‘on the right side of the argument’
- Meirion Jones says that whistleblowers were forced out by BBC bosses
- He helped discover Savile was a paedophile but documentary was stopped
- He said: ‘Everyone involved on the right side of the Savile argument has been forced out of the BBC’
- Mr Jones names three other key staff who left or were pushed out
The BBC has forced out journalists who helped uncover Jimmy Savile’s horrific child abuse because bosses regard them as ‘traitors’, a senior reporter said today.
Meirion Jones claims whistleblowers have been either squeezed out or moved into dead-end roles after they helped expose the paedophile.
BBC management axed a Newsnight investigation into the DJ’s abuse in November 2011 despite protests from staff they were hiding the ‘real truth’.
Forced out: BBC star reporter Meirion Jones claims he and other journalists were forced out over the Savile scandal because bosses considered them traitors
Mr Jones, who has left the corporation after 23 years, says that management refused to sack anyone but instead would ‘drip poison’ about him and ‘make life hell’ for others they considered ‘traitors to the BBC’.
He told Press Gazette: ‘People said they won’t sack you after Savile but they will make your life hell. Everyone involved on the right side of the Savile argument has been forced out of the BBC’.
The award-winning investigative journalist was told there was no place for him at the BBC three days after finishing a documentary of Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood.
He said: ‘I went to an employment lawyer. He said if you sue the BBC you will win. However it will take a year and the BBC will settle on the steps of the court.
‘I thought about it and I thought I’ll take voluntary redundancy and go in that case.’
His colleague of 23 years Liz MacKean, who worked on the Savile story documentary with him left in spring 2014.
She told Press Gazette: ‘I didn’t feel encouraged to stay. I felt I would do better to work outside the BBC.
‘There were still so many people who have been shown to be on the wrong side of the story who have stayed.’
Mr Jones says that Tom Giles, who the Panorama editor in charge of the ‘What the BBC Knew’ Savile documentary was also ‘squeezed out’ into a strategy role ‘going nowhere’.
He says that former BBC head of global news Peter Horrocks, who took over at the height of the scandal was also ‘squeezed out’ because he ‘forced through’ the Panorama.
Mr Horrocks is now in a senior role at the Open University.
But several others involved in the scandal managed to keep their jobs.
Peter Rippon, who made the decision to stop the initial Savile show said in an email the a story on Savile’s years of sexual abuse was ‘about a dead guy.. and not worth the fuss’ and dropping it was ‘the least worst option’. Jeremy Paxman told him at the time ‘it looks like we are hiding’.
Casualties: Liz MacKean, left. said she was not encouraged to stay after uncovering Savile’s abuse while Tom Giles, centre, and Peter Horrocks, right were also ‘squeezed out’, Meirion Jones claims
Mr Rippon is still at the BBC, as is Helen Boaden, who was head of news at Newsnight and is now the well-paid head of radio.
BBC head of communications James Hardy is still in his job despite telling a colleague he would ‘drip poison’ about Jones because he suspected he was leaking stories to the press, which Jones emphatically denies.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘Meirion Jones has made his views known before and we have always been clear that nobody was forced out of the BBC for exposing the Savile scandal.
The Pollard Report concluded, following a detailed investigation, that the decision to drop the initial investigation into Jimmy Savile was taken in good faith and not for any improper reason.’
Stayed: Helen Boaden, who was head of news at Newsnight and is now the well-paid head of radio, while Peter Rippon, who pulled the documentary was also kept on
Executives: BBC head of communications James Hardy, left, is still in his job despite allegedly saying he would ‘drip poison’ about Jones while Stephen Mitchell was asked to step aside from his role as Boaden’s deputy
Journalists whose work to unmask paedophile Savile was stifled
MEIRION JONES: PRODUCER
Newsnight producer Meirion Jones’ investigation into Savile caused a civil war in the BBC and eventually led to his departure.
Mr Jones was a vocal opponent of the decision to shelve the show that would have outed the DJ as a child abuser.
He said: ‘Newsnight knew, the BBC knew, that Jimmy Savile was a paedophile. We knew there had been a police investigation – they had taken it seriously.
‘We had interviewed a victim – a very good victim on camera – we had corroboration, we had footage of victims with abusers on BBC premises – and yet the BBC decided to pull the investigation and run tributes to Jimmy Savile instead.
‘I hope the BBC takes measures to make sure that nothing like that will ever happen again. What I do feel confident about though, is that the BBC has now taken measures to make sure that children are safe here.’
LIZ MACKEAN: REPORTER
Newsnight reporter Liz MacKean,oversaw the doomed investigation for the BBC2 programme.
She was later part of a team of investigators from Channel 4’s Dispatches who exposed Cyril Smith as a sex offender.
She said: ‘The decision not to run it was seriously flawed, but it was more than that. I think the decision to drop our story was a breach of our duty to the women who trusted us to reveal that Jimmy Savile was a paedophile.
‘Many found it difficult to share their experiences as vulnerable girls. Our editor didn’t watch the main interview with our witness. Nick Pollard did, and found her credible and compelling – as did we.
‘As for what he called the chaos caused by the inaccurate blog of October, I welcome the recommendation that the BBC should trust its journalists.’
HOW SAVILE ABUSE WAS HIDDEN AND DIVIDED THE BBC
May 2010 – Former BBC director-general George Entwistle is sent an e-mail telling him about the ‘real truth’ about paedophile Jimmy Savile
October 2011 – Jimmy Savile dies and Entwistle is warned again that he had a ‘darker side’ – but Entwistle didn’t read it
December 2011 – Newsnight shelves its investigation into Jimmy Savile
Christmas 2011 – The BBC runs several tributes to the late TV host
October 2, 2012 – ITV runs its investigation into the DJ’s abuse claims – sparking a host of allegations against Savile and eventually leading to a police investigation
October 2, 2012 – Jeremy Paxman has furious stand-off with his Newsnight bosses because he disbelieves editor Peter Rippon’s blog into why he dropped the Savile abuse investigation
November 2, 2012 – Newsnight runs controversial report which wrongly linked former Tory party chairman Lord McAlpine to child abuse allegations
November 10, 2012 – BBC director general George Entwhistle resigns
December 19, 2012 – Peter Rippon replaced as editor of Newsnight
BBC told to remove work by pedophile sculptor Eric Gill
- April 23, 2013
THE BBC has been urged to remove from its headquarters a figure of a naked boy, created by a sculptor who sexually abused two of his daughters.
The carvings of a man and a naked child were the creation of Eric Gill, one of the most respected artists of the 20th century when he died in 1940.
But his diaries, published in 1989, revealed he had sex with two of his daughters and the family dog.
His 1932 statue Prospero And Ariel, from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, stands on the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London as a metaphor for broadcasting.
Gill converted to Catholicism in 1913 and the Catholic Church has previously faced calls to dismantle the sculptor and engraver’s world-renowned Stations Of The Cross from Westminster Cathedral.
Now Fay Maxted, chief executive of The Survivors’ Trust, a body which represents organisations supporting survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse, told the London Journalism Centre: “It’s an insult to allow a work like this to remain in such a public place. It is almost mocking survivors, it is intolerable.”
Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association For People Abused In Childhood, added: “There’s a strong argument that this (the statue) should be removed. These symbols are in people’s faces.”
The statue was especially inappropriate in light of the recent Jimmy Savile scandal, he added.
“People who aren’t affected by these issues can get uppity and say ‘you can’t do that’. But if you’ve been abused as a child then this is very insensitive and inappropriate.”
A BBC spokesperson said: “The statue of Ariel and Prospero on the front of Broadcasting House stands as a metaphor for broadcasting, executed by one of the last century’s major British artists whose work has been widely displayed in leading UK museums and galleries.
“There are no plans to remove or replace the sculptures at the front of Broadcasting House.”
The typeface used in the BBC logo is Gill Sans, made by Eric Gill an incestuous zoophile paedophile
The BBC hasn’t released the true extent of the paedophile ring working within its ranks. 1997 BBC Personality of the Year and presenter of the BBC programme Crimewatch, Jill Dando died because of it. Paedophiles & sex offenders in the BBC that are publicly known, minus the missing staff who aren’t famous & names haven’t been mentioned;
- Roman Catholic convert Eric Gill (Zoophile paedophile) [Link]
- Roman Catholic Satanist Jimmy Savile (Necrophiliac paedophile) [Link]
- (Suicide) David Smith (Paedophile) [Link]
- Rolf Harris (Paedophile) [Link]
- Freddie Star (Paedophile) [Link]
- BBC Executive (Paedophile) [Link]
- Michael Souter (Paedophile) [Link]
- Simon Warr (Paedophile) [Link]
- Stuart Hall (Paedophile) [Link]
- Chris Langham (Paedophile) [Link]
- Fred Talbot (Paedophile) [Link]
- Jonathan King (Paedophile) [Link]
- Chris Denning (Paedophile) [Link]
- Rob Turner (Paedophile) [Link]
- John Nathan-Turner (Paedophile) [Link]
- Gary Downie (Paedophile) [Link]
- Roy Norry (Paedophile) [Link]
- Lee Travis (Sex offender) [Link]
- Malcolm Muggeridge (Sex offender) [Link]
- Sir Huw Wheldon (Sex offender) [Link]
Using the Kinsey scale or Heterosexual–Homosexual Rating Scale to grade the types of sexuality of the attackers within the BBC;
From the data accumulated this far, when set out on a table split into groups of sexuality of offender, the data can be broken down into three main ratings, they are rating zero, three, and six.
Eight people were involved in sex offenses involving female victims who I gave a rating of zero, they were sex offenders Lee Travis, Malcolm Muggeridge and Sir Huw Wheldon. Paedophiles Stuart Hall, Rolf Harris, Rob Turner, Freddie Star and, Eric Gill.
Of the eight people involved in sex offenses involving female victims, five of the attackers crimes were of a paedophile nature, they are Eric Gill, Rolf Harris, Rob Turner, Freddie Star and, Stuart Hall.
Eleven people were involved in sex offenses involving male victims who I gave a rating of six, they were sex offenders David Smith, an anonymous BBC Executive, Michael Souter, Chris Denning, Jonathan King, Fred Talbot, Chris Langham, John Nathan-Turner, Gary Downie, Roy Norry and, Simon Warr.
Of the eleven people involved in sex offenses involving male victims, all of the attackers crimes were of a paedophile nature.
One person was involved in sex offenses involving both male and female children who I gave a rating of three, he was sex offender Jimmy Savile.
Out of the only example thus far of rating three, the attacker was also reportedly involved in having sex with dead bodies.
Out of the seven examples thus far of rating zero, of the four attackers who have crimes of a paedophile nature, one of the attackers was involved in crimes of an incestuous nature. That single attacker was also involved in sex with family pets, he was Eric Gill.
So far, out of the data released and gathered, out of all known offenders of rating zero, three and six combined, eighteen offenders thus far, only four of the religions are known, three offenders coming from the Roman Catholic religion, one of those a Roman Catholic Satanist. One a Christian Calvinist Methodist.
Two people lost their lives who had connections to the BBC, they are Jill Dando and David Smith. Out of the two deaths, one was murder and one was suicide.
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