Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Panorama blocked by BBC from using all its evidence on Savile

This evening's Panorama was a brave piece of television by BBC employees but the Daily Telegraph suggests they were not allowed to use all the evidence they had gathered:
The Daily Telegraph has learnt that a series of emails sent by the BBC reporter Liz MacKean to an unnamed friend were blocked from featuring in a Panorama investigation into the BBC’s treatment of the scandal, which was broadcast last night ... 
One of the emails sent by Ms MacKean that did feature on Panorama made clear that Peter Rippon, the Newsnight editor, felt his superiors were not happy with his programme’s investigation of Savile.
That email, dated Nov 30, was sent on the same day Mr Rippon was starting to doubt whether the investigation should be broadcast. It said: “PR [Peter Rippon] says if the bosses aren’t happy ... [he] can’t go to the wall on this one.”
The Daily Telegraph has learnt that Ms MacKean sent three other emails expressing further concerns about management interference to the same person. All were censored by Panorama’s lawyers.
The lawyers are understood to have blocked publication of the emails because of concerns about the potential for legal action over the content of the messages. Ms MacKean declined to comment.
So were BBC lawyers afraid that BBC executives would sue the BBC? That makes the Today programme discussing Panorama's investigation of Newsnight look almost straightforward.

Later. The Daily Mail has the story too:
It also emerged last night that the BBC ‘censored’ a series of emails that indicated senior executives were involved in the decision to axe a Newsnight investigation into Savile. 
The emails were due to be included in last night’s Panorama programme but were pulled at the insistence of corporation lawyers.


Chelim Yrneh said...

time to break up the #BBC - and #SKY too, for that matter. Legislation needed to limit media mightiness ...

Unknown said...

The BBC should be investigating St John International head office in London. St John International in London are currently pulling out all the stops in order to present awards to two known members of the St John New Zealand paedophile gang. The awards are to be presented by the Queen’s representative in NZ, the Governor General.