Jimmy Savile: Questions for Edwina Currie and the BBC

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Jimmy Savile: Questions for Edwina Currie and the BBC
« on: October 20, 2012, 10:56:43 PM »
Jimmy Savile: Questions for Edwina Currie and the BBC
The scandal of how Sir Jimmy Savile was able to abuse young girls for decades deepened last night after a Sunday Telegraph investigation implicated former government ministers and executives at the BBC.
Edwina Currie appointed Savile to run a taskforce in charge of Broadmoor in the 1980s, where he is accused of sexually assaulting patients Photo: GEOFF PUGH
 By Robert Mendick, and Laura Donnelly
9:00PM BST 20 Oct 2012
A series of institutional failings gave Savile access to victims and prevented detection of his crimes.

The revelations come as pressure intensifies over the current BBC management?s decision to drop a Newsnight investigation into Savile.

The BBC will go to war with itself tomorrow when Panorama, its flagship news programme, threatens to dismantle the corporation?s official reason for failure to broadcast the expos?.

The Sunday Telegraph understands that a series of emails show the BBC had set a transmission date last December for the Newsnight investigation into Savile.

But, in the days beforehand, the programme?s editor ordered that more information was required, which, according to one Newsnight source, effectively killed off the investigation.

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The claims will increase suspicions that executives interfered because the BBC was planning two tribute programmes to Savile.

The Sunday Telegraph investigation today reveals:

? Edwina Currie, as health minister, appointed Savile to run a task force in charge of Broadmoor in the 1980s, where he is accused of sexually assaulting patients.

? The task force was given temporary powers to oversee the running of the hospital following a series of industrial disputes, despite the fact that Savile, a disc jockey and television presenter, had no professional qualifications.

? Alan Franey, a friend of Savile?s from his hometown of Leeds, was then given the most senior job at Broadmoor.

? The BBC investigated a lurid sex scandal at Top of the Pops and Radio 1 in the early 1970s, but never made the report public.

? Savile was interviewed by the BBC as part of that inquiry but refused to co-operate, according to a senior source.

Scotland Yard last week announced that it was launching a full-scale criminal inquiry into living members of Savile?s alleged sex ring. The Met police is looking at 400 separate lines of inquiry and more than 200 potential victims.

Savile was given the job of chairman of the task force overseeing Broadmoor in 1988 after the hospital had been placed under direct control of the Thatcher government.

At the time, Mrs Currie had responsibility for the country?s high-security hospitals under the auspices of Kenneth Clarke, the then health secretary.

Savile counted himself as a friend of Baroness Thatcher and reportedly stayed at Chequers on a number of occasions. He had a long association with Broadmoor, having been a volunteer there in the 1970s and 1980s with the unofficial title ?honorary entertainments officer?. He had his own set of keys and living quarters on site.

Pete Saunders, the chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said of Savile?s role at the mental hospital: ?It really is akin to giving Dracula the keys to the blood bank. It is beyond outrageous that a disc jockey was given unfettered access to Broadmoor.?

Savile?s appointment to the task force is now subject to a Department of Health official inquiry. Last night Mrs Currie said: ?The Department of Health are digging out the papers from the archives and I just don?t know ? I?m ransacking my own notes to try to work out what happened, so I am not denying it, it is just very hard to tell.?

The former minister told The Sunday Telegraph that having checked her personal diaries, she had found a note of a meeting with Savile in Leeds in September 1988, the month the task force was appointed. In the entry, she described his thoughts on Broadmoor as ?intriguing?.

Mrs Currie recorded that during the meeting Savile had told her that he suspected staff were inflating their salaries ? and that he had threatened to pass the information to newspapers if the staff caused him any trouble. Savile also told her he had uncovered millions of pounds missing from budgets and poor use of the hospital?s housing stock. Mrs Currie said she now thought the presenter was ?totally evil?.

Savile once described himself as ?the boss of Broadmoor? and in 1989 said he was responsible for the freeing of 60 patients and intended to introduce ?mixed sex wings? so patients could fall in love with each other.

Following Savile?s appointment at Broadmoor, Alan Franey, an administrator who spent 10 years working at Leeds General Infirmary, began work on the same task force. Mr Franey said he got to know Savile because they were among half a dozen men who ran charity marathons together. He said: ?I am absolutely astonished. There was absolutely no indication that he was doing what was alleged.?

Mr Franey said yesterday that his friendship with Savile did not help him to get the job on the task force, and that he later got the job as general manager of Broadmoor through open competition.

Last night, Ray Rowden, a former senior NHS executive supervising England?s three high-security hospitals ? a job he took up in 1996, a year before Mr Franey?s retirement ? said: ?[Mr Franey] used to boast that he would drive [Savile] around nightclubs in Leeds in the 1980s.? Mr Franey said claims he had driven Savile to nightclubs were ?rubbish?.

Two journalists from Newsnight have given interviews to Panorama questioning the BBC?s motives for dropping its report.

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Re: Jimmy Savile: Questions for Edwina Currie and the BBC
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2012, 11:48:11 PM »
Plugging Harry's 4 Reich's book on US RADIO
Paedophile Jimmy Savile scandal, BBC cover up continues
 plus Prince Charles' 'Black Spider' political interference letters

 Harry section begins about 22 or 23 minutes in

 Programme page http://radio4all.net/index.php/program/63784

 Download link http://www.radio4all.net/files/[email protected]/2149-1-SecretTruth1020121.mp3   

Series:  The Secret Truth
Featured Speakers/Commentators:  Tony Gosling, George Butler

 A senior journalist who was part of the original Newsnight expose into Jimmy Saville child-abuse allegations warned the BBC director general not to cover-up why the report was dropped.
 The leaked email suggests BBC chief George Entwistle ignored a pressing plea from investigative reporter Liz MacKean, about his ?misleading statements? regarding the content of the cancelled programme.
 He declined to speak to Ms MacKean about the matter despite her urgent email sent 12 days ago but has since spoken to senior BBC management about her version of events.
 Jimmy Savile has been described as one of the most prolific child sex abusers of all time
 More than 200 people have come forward to say they were abused by the TV star
In the email to the director general, seen by The Independent, she said: ?Worst of all has been what seems like a concerted effort to make it appear that our story was about something else, something that could be dropped and forgotten ahead of fulsome tribute programmes.
 'It is this which seems to be fuelling the damaging claims of a cover-up.?
 The damaging leaked email comes ahead of a Panorama investigation into Jimmy Savile, due to air on Monday, which is expected to look into why the BBC dropped its original Newsnight report on the TV star last year.
 But Mr Entwistle has refused to be interviewed for the programme - citing legal advice that he should restrict his statements to the police, official inquiries and a commons committee hearing on Tuesday.
 MPs are now demanding that every BBC email linked to the decision by Newsnight to drop an investigation into Jimmy Savile?s abuse of teenage girls should be made public.
 Correspondence leading all the way to the top of the corporation should be disclosed in a bid to retain public trust, they insisted.
 It follows the emergence of a leaked e-mail which appears to cast more doubt on the BBC?s stated reason on why the current affairs show dropped the programme.
 More... How Savile even abused his own sister's grandchild: His great niece reveals the scandal's most sickening twist yet - and how he bribed his sister to cover it up
 Arrests loom as police investigate Savile?s ?living? accomplices and those who covered-up the sex scandal as more than 200 victims are identified

Firing off 1,000 letters a year, the obsession of Disgusted of Highgrove
 By Geoffrey Levy and Richard Kay
 PUBLISHED: 17 October 2012
 His favourite government minister of the moment is Greg Barker, whose responsibilities at the Department of Energy include the divisive issue of climate change. His favourite current topic: the importance of green and renewable energy.
 The Prince of Wales?s pen, scratching away in black ink, is as busy as ever. At peak periods, his passionate words have poured out at the rate of 1,000 letters a year to ministers and other public figures.
 Until now, it has certainly never occurred to him that his one-man letter-writing factory might have to shut down because of the risk of sacrificing the crucial ?political neutrality? of his future role as king.
 This is the reason put forward by Attorney General Dominic Grieve for overturning a decision of the High Court to allow the contents of 27 letters penned to ministers more than eight years ago to be made public.
 Yesterday friends ridiculed the notion that Prince Charles, just a month short of his 64th birthday, should start keeping his opinions to himself. They know he?ll never do it.
 As the prince himself has said: ?The trouble is, I always feel that unless I rush about doing things and trying to help furiously, I will not (and the monarchy will not) be seen to be relevant and I will be considered a mere playboy.?
 It is too easy to believe that had he come to the throne as a young man, and not still been waiting as heir apparent after 61 years, he would never have needed to justify his existence by constant intrusion into public and political issues


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