October 24-25, 2012 — Update 1x. Another institution engulfed in pedophilia scandal
First it was the Catholic Church, then Penn State, followed by the Boy Scouts that were swamped in major pedophilia scandals. Now, it is the venerable British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) — the Beeb — that finds itself at the center of a major pedophile scandal involving the late children’s and teen show star Jimmy Savile.
Savile, who entertained children and teens as the host of the BBC teen music program “Top of the Pops” and the children’s “make a wish come true” program, “Jim’ll Fix It,” is believed by police to have sexually abused some 200 male and female underage children and teens. After the BBC’s rival, ITV, recently ran an expose on Savile’s sexual abuse activities at the BBC, it emerged that last year the BBC spiked a similar documentary that was to run on its Newsnight program due to pressure from senior BBC officials.
The interference of senior network officials in spiking stories on pedophilia involving the network or its parent company is nothing new. In 1998, ABC killed a 20/20 story about pedophiles employed by Disney World because of pressure exerted by Michael Eisner, the CEO of Disney Corporation, which owned and continues to own ABC. The U.S. news media has been strangely quiet on the unfolding BBC pedophilia story. However, the connections between the BBC scandal and the U.S. media are only beginning to emerge. Mark Thompson, who was the Director General of the BBC when the Newsnight story was spiked, is slated to become the CEO of The New York Times Company next month. Thompson is already dodging questions about his role in spiking the Newsnight story. Another BBC director general, Greg Dyke, said mistakes were made in handling the Savile case.
The involvement of The New York Times in the emerging scandal may be one reason why the U.S. corporate media has been downplaying the Savile story. U.S. coverage of the BBC scandal is disproportionately less than the coverage the British media gave to the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State pedophile story.
BBC Director General George Entwistle has asked Newsnight editor Peter Rippon to step aside as the investigation of the spiking incident takes place. Tory MP Ann Main has tabled a motion before the House of Commons that would have the Leveson Inquiry, which is investigating the phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp news entities being extended to the BBC. If the soft ball questions lobbed by Lord Leveson to Prime Minister David Cameron, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are any indication, Leveson will sure to avoid anything that could be embarrassing to former Tory Prime Minsters like Heath and Thatcher.
There is also emerging evidence that Savile could not have gotten away with his serial predatory activities had he not had the assistance of others, including senior BBC personnel, as well as senior government officials, in perpetrating his crimes for such a long period of time. Savile had not only been knighted by the Queen but he was closely linked politically to a number of Tory political leaders, including Prime Ministers Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher. It is being alleged that a former British Prime Minister set the ground for child pornography from abroad to be smuggled into Britain for the use of a powerful pedophile ring of which the Prime Minister, Savile, Glitter, and others were members.
Lord Patten, the former chairman of the Conservative Party, as well as the last Governor of Hong Kong and the one-time EU Commissioner for External Relations, is the chairman of the BBC. Patten is already coming under fire for having a major conflict-of-interest in covering up the possible involvement of a former Tory Prime Minister, said to be Heath, in a major pedophile ring.
Savile’s BBC programs ran on the network from 1959 through the 1980s and some of the sexual abuse reportedly took place at BBC studios and corporate offices. Savile, who was knighted by the Queen for his charitable work for children, openly sympathized with British rock star Gary Glitter, aka Paul Gadd, who was convicted in Britain in 1999 for possession of child pornography and convicted and jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for engaging in sexual acts with minors.
It has now been alleged by a former pupil of a boarding school for emotionally-distressed children in Surrey, where Savile is said to have procured young girls for sex, that Savile sexually molested a 14-year old girl in his BBC dressing room while Glitter raped a 13-year old girl. A third well-known BBC celebrity was said to have been present during the activity.
In 2007, Savile was interviewed “under caution” by police who were involving a 1970s sexual assault of a minor at the Duncroft Approved School for Girls in Surrey, which is now closed. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was insufficient evidence in the case and no charges against Savile or anyone else were brought.
Savile is said to have preyed on children, particularly boys, at the Haut de La Garenne orphanage on the island of Jersey and at the children’s wards of Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury, Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire, and Leeds General Infirmary in Leeds. Police are following more than 400 leads in their multi-jurisdictional investigation of Savile that has already identified over 200 witnesses, many of them abused children who are now adults.
However, there are also a belief that the British police and other law enforcement agencies cannot be fully trusted to investigate the growing pedophile scandal that is said to reach into the upper echelons of the Conservative Party, the media, and even Buckingham Palace. U.S. journalist Leah McGrath Goodman was recently barred from entering the United Kingdom and Jersey because of her investigation of sexual abuse at the Haut de La Garenne children’s home in Jersey. Jersey official barred Goodman because she did not possess a valid “writer’s visa.” However, such visas do not even exist in Jersey.
BBC Jersey took part in the cover-up of the pedophile scandal on the island that was said to involve sex tourists like Savile and high-level government officials on the island. In 2008, the States of Jersey Police dropped an investigation of an indecent sexual assault by Savile at the Jersey home in the 1970s due to “lack of evidence.”
In 2009, the CPS dropped another investigation against Savile. Victims of Savile are now stating that the BBC pedophile was very organized.
Demands that Savile be stripped of his Order of the British Empire (OBE) knighthood have fell on deaf ears at Buckingham Palace, which maintains that upon death, a knighthood merely ceases to exist and no formal stripping of the honors is necessary.
Update 1x. The Independent reported on October 24, 2012, that Savile’s pedophilia also extended into pedo-necrophilia. Paul Gambaccini, who worked with Savile as a DJ on BBC Radio 1 in 1983, alleges that Savile had sex with the corpses of deceased minors. Gambaccini termed the corpses “underaged subnormals.” The mere fact that The New York Times would hire as its CEO someone who may have covered up such grotesque behavior by the BBC calls into question the judgment of the newspaper and its qualifications to honestly and inependently report on the news.