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Monday, 15 February 2016

Dame Janet Smith Review Findings Delivered to BBC

The long awaited Dame Janet Smith Review findings will be published by the end of the month.

The final report, which explores the BBC's culture and practices at the time of the Savile and Hall sex abuse scandals, has been delayed several times since it opened in 2012.

A statement on the Review's website says: "Dame Janet Smith’s completed Report was delivered by her to Lord Hall, who received it on behalf of the BBC’s Executive Board, this afternoon. The Report is expected to be published by the BBC Trust on 25 February 2016. The arrangements for publication will be announced by the BBC."

A few weeks ago investigative news website Exaro published a leaked draft version of the report, which contained the following key findings:
  • Savile abused 45 victims who worked at or visited parts the BBC.
  • The DJ abused staff and children on Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It.
  • Three of Savile's victims were only nine years old.
  • Savile would seize on opportunities to abuse his victims in public places like corridors, staircases and canteens. On at least one occasion, as previously reported, Savile shamelessly abused his victims in front of the camera.
  • There is some evidence a paedophile ring operated at the BBC in the 1970s.
  • Victims were abused in the corridors, canteens, staircases and dressing rooms of every BBC premises he worked in.
  • Stars like Savile were "untouchable" and managers were "above the law".
  • Savile was interviewed by bosses about his interest in young girls but no action was ever taken.
  • Bosses should have heeded a series of interviews with Savile in The Sun where he told of picking up girls.
  • The BBC in the 1970s was dominated by a booze culture and staff feared reporting abuse would damage their careers.
  • The culture of secrecy at the BBC is still so bad that whistleblowers are more scared to come forward today than 40 years ago.
In the afterword of her draft report, Dame Janet voiced concerns that another sexual predator could be stalking the corridors of the BBC at this very moment.

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Chris (aka TheKnightsShield) said...

There are a few repeated entries in the findings section of this entry, such as "There is some evidence a paedophile ring operated at the BBC in the 1970s" (x2) and "Savile was interviewed by bosses about his interest in young girls but no action was ever taken" (x2) unless you were just trying to prove a point. ;)

Admin said...

Just wanted to see who was awake (clearly not me!)

Anonymous said...

"Savile was interviewed by bosses about his interest in young girls but no action was ever taken."

The names of those Bosses, or BASTARDS as I like to call them, need revealing.

Admin said...

They're probably dead by now, which is a bit bloody convenient if you ask me!

Ray Turner said...

Wait and see what the report says I suppose. I expect it will get a lot of airtime and there will be many people dissatisfied with the findings, for one reason or another...