According to Nick Clegg, the BBC must have known about Jimmy Savile sexually abusing children. It might, therefore, be expected that the BBC will now, at least, be held to account to reveal what they knew and when they knew it, and why they didn’t act upon it. That is why, the news from the BBC that it is going to launch two inquiries should come as no surprise.
The first inquiry will start right away and will concern itself with why a BBC Newsnight investigation into Savile was stopped. Nevertheless, it is the other inquiry, namely, the one which requires a police go-ahead, that might be of particular interest. That inquiry will look at “whether culture and practice at the BBC at the time enabled Savile to carry out the sexual abuse of children.”
Indeed, in looking at its own “culture” the BBC may discover something very important. Namely, ,that it is a completely spineless institution which colluded not only with child molesters, but has also aided and abetted war criminals and corrupt politicians who are in the pockets of big business.
Yes, there will be an inquiry of sorts, but not one where the consequences for anyone, and particularly for the BBC itself, will be very serious and we should expect the BBC then to return to its brief of “informing”, “educating” and “entertaining.” Or might it be more appropriate to say that it will then return to “misinforming” and “brainwashing” ?
Yes, pandering to Savile was a crime but it can be believed that the good old “Beep” is complicit in far greater crimes and, who knows, some real soul-searching might lead to it wanting to be more than just a mouthpiece for the government and the establishment. Here, the band played “believe it, if you like” and it can be expected that the lies, hypocrisy and cover-ups will continue.