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?Editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Iain Overton, makes claim on Twitter

?The tweet prompts furious speculation online about the identity of the alleged paedophile, who is still alive

?Channel Four's Michael Crick claims he has spoken to the man, who denies allegations and will sue if Newsnight shows investigation
?BBC refuses to confirm if the investigation into the alleged abuser exists




 By Martin Robinson

PUBLISHED:12:35, 2 November 2012| UPDATED:17:23, 2 November 2012

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The BBC has been dragged into a fresh storm over a second Newsnight paedophile investigation, it emerged today.


Editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Iain Overton, mysteriously tweeted that a 'senior political figure' was to be outed as a child-abuser on the programme this evening.

The investigation about the unnamed man, who is alive, is being looked at by the BBC's legal team, MailOnline understands, but the corporation is refusing to confirm the probe exists.

This is despite Mr Overton's crystal clear message online: 'If all goes well we've got a Newsnight out tonight about a very senior political figure who is a paedophile.'

 


Explosive: Editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Iain Overton, revealed the scoop online

 


Scoop: Newsnight, presented by Jeremy Paxman, could reveal the man's identity this evening, but the BBC has so far refused to comment

 

Mr Overton's bureau is a not-for-profit organisation which works with news outlets to publish in-depth investigations. It says it has been working on this project for the BBC.

It piles more pressure on the beleaguered corporation after last month it was revealed Newsnight dumped an investigation into paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile, even though they had interviewed his victims.






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It took a ITV documentary to reveal that Jimmy Savile had carried out decades of abuse involving hundreds of children, some of whom were attacked on BBC premises.

It emerged that Newsnight had carried out its own investigation into the paedophile DJ - including an interview with the same victim in the ITV documentary- nearly a year before.


Tweets: Channel Four political correspondent Michael Crick says he has spoken to the man at the centre of the allegations, who has denied he is a paedophile and said that he will sue if Newsnight go ahead with the film




Claims: Iain Overton says that subject to BBC legal approval then their investigation will be shown on BBC 2 tonight

A BBC team spent six weeks probing allegations that the presenter abused pupils at a school in Surrey, speaking to at least four women who claimed they had been assaulted or knew about events.


But the report was shelved at the last minute at the request of the programme's editor Peter Rippon. It was not until last month that the BBC aired its own investigation into the scandal, on Panorama.

It covered both Savile's crimes and the Corporation's reaction. Mr Rippon stood aside from his role at Newsnight after the BBC said his explanation for shelving the story was 'inaccurate or incomplete'.

The corporation's director general George Entwistle was hauled before a select committee last week to explain why and how it happened.

He denied that the broadcaster helped cover up allegations that Savile preyed on women.

And now there are huge doubts about whether this latest investigation into the mystery political figure will be broadcast.

Channel Four political correspondent Michael Crick says he has spoken to the man at the centre of the allegations, who denied that he was a paedophile and said he would sue if Newsnight broadcasts anything on him tonight.


Savile is now believed to have been one of the UK's most prolific abusers, with about 300 possible victims but the BBC faces questions about whether they helped cover-up his sexual crimes


 


THE JOURNALIST WHOSE TWEET SENT THE BBC INTO A TAILSPIN



Iain Overton's tweet that he was helping Newsnight unmask a 'senior political figure' as a paedophile sent the internet wild with speculation about who this abuser might be.

But ever since his tweet at around 10am on Friday the BBC has refused to admit that his investigation even exists let alone whether they will broadcast it tonight.

Mr Overton is managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an organisation gaining a reputation for big scoops since it was formed at London's City University in April 2010. It boasts that it has helped produce stories that led to 47 front pages in the national press in that time.

Its website says: 'Our team of journalists bolsters original news by producing high-quality investigations for press and broadcast media with the aim of educating the public and the media on both the realities of today?s world and the value of honest reporting.'

Mr Overton was a commissioning executive at ITN and then a senior producer at the BBC before taking his current role.

Investigations he has worked on in the past two years include an expos? on 'counterfeit pharmaceuticals, corporate killings in Iraq, human rights abuses by the Brazilian police and Glasgow gang-land murders linked to security contracts,' he says on his website.


He has won one Peabody Award, two Amnesty International Awards, a OneWorld Award, a Prix Circom, a BAFTA Scotland and 3 RTS nominations.

MailOnline has tried to contact Mr Overton but he has been unavailable for comment.

He also added that the man said he had not been approached for a comment by the BBC, despite it being earmarked for tonight's Newsnight.

The Metropolitan Police have told MailOnline they have not been handed anything on the subject of the investigation.

The row comes after Labour MP Tom Watson shocked the Commons last month by alleging there was ?clear intelligence? linking a former Number 10 aide with a notorious group of sex offenders.


He has compiled a dossier allegations for the Metropolitan Police, which is currently dealing with hundreds of allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile.

But it is unclear if this is linked to the Newsnight investigation.


Mr Watson suggested a Number 10 insider was named in files connected to the conviction of a child porn smuggler in the early 1990s.


He told the Commons: ?The evidence used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring.


?One of its members boasts of his links to a senior aide of a former prime minister who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.


?The leads were not followed up, but if the file still exists I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10.?


Mr Cameron said Mr Watson ?raises a very difficult and complex case? and he was ?not entirely sure which former prime minister he is referring to?.







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Update on Daily Mail after Newsnight programme
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Newsnight claims 'leading Tory from Thatcher years was part of paedophile ring who raped boys at Welsh children's home'... but BBC sparks new fury by failing to NAME 'shadowy' politician

 •Abuse victim Steven Messham told Newsnight he was raped more than a dozen times
 •Editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Iain Overton, had claimed on Twitter that Newsnight would name him

 •The tweet prompted furious speculation online about the identity of the alleged paedophile, who is still alive

 •But Newsnight said there was 'not enough evidence' to reveal the identity of the man it has accused

 


By Martin Robinson and Leon Watson
 
PUBLISHED:12:35, 2 November 2012| UPDATED:23:50, 2 November 2012
 
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Fresh allegations that a 'leading politician from the Thatcher years' was at the centre of a widespread paedophile ring were aired on the BBC's Newsnight programme tonight.


Alleged abuse victim Steven Messham told Newsnight he was raped more than a dozen times after being picked up in a car that turned at night at the children's home in North Wales where he lived.
 
Newsnight described the man as 'a shadowy figure of high public standing', but failed to name him.

 
Mr Messham said he made his allegations to the Waterhouse Inquiry into child abuse before it reported in 2000, but claims they were ignored.
 
Speaking of the abuse he claims he suffered, Mr Messham said 'various things would happen' at the hands of a senior Tory politician and he was 'basically raped'.
 



Alleged victim: Steven Messham accused a senior Tory politician from the Thatcher years of being involved in a widespread paedophile ring
 





Scoop: Newsnight, presented by Jeremy Paxman, failed to reveal the man's identity and the BBC has so far refused to comment
 


Mr Meesham was one of hundreds of children abused in the 1970s and 80s - exploitation brought to light by the Waterhouse Inquiry Report in 2000.

 
But he told BBC Newsnight the inquiry uncovered just a fraction of the abuse.

 
As a teenager he went to the police and made statements against the senior public figure, but claimed officers told him he was a liar.
 
A second anonymous alleged victim reported the public figure to police, but was also rebuffed.
 


 
 

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He said: 'When I made a statement to the police the police crossed [his name] out and said there was no point.'
 
Earlier today, a senior Whitehall source expressed dismay at the chaos engulfing the BBC and suggested the corporation was trying to divert attention away from the Savile scandal.
 
He said: 'This looks like they are trying to create a smokescreen to divert attention away from what happened with the Savile programme. That is disgraceful.'
 
Tory MP Rob Wilson said: 'The danger is that the people at the BBC think that after not running the Jimmy Savile paedophile programme that they need to be more editorially robust and muscular.
 
'But if that is what is behind this, it is absolutely crazy. Now if they don't screen this programme, it will look leave horrible rumours circulating on the Internet about innocent people.'
 



TV presenter Piers Morgan took to Twitter to attack Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman
 



Newsnight viewers took to Twitter to vent their anger at the BBC for not naming the alleged paedophile
 






WIDESPREAD ABUSE UNCOVERED BY THE WATERHOUSE INQUIRY

 

During the 1970s and 1980s almost 40 children's homes in North Wales were the scene of horrific child abuse in which youngsters were raped and abused by the very people who were paid to look after them.

 
In the early 1990s, allegations of the abuse started to surface and in March 1994 Clwyd County Council commissioned an independent inquiry into claims of widespread abuse across North Wales.
 
The tribunal, led by Sir Ronald Waterhouse, heard evidence from more than 650 people who had been in care from 1974 and took almost three years to publish its report.

 
Counsel for the inquiry mentioned the existence of a shadowy figure of high public standing, but said that there was no substantial evidence to support the allegations.

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Before the programme started the editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Iain Overton, mysteriously tweeted that a 'senior political figure' was to be outed as a child-abuser on Newsnight.
 
However, the programme said at the end of tonight's report that there was 'not enough evidence' to name him. Following the end of Newsnight, the BBC refused to comment.
 
However MailOnline understands the investigation about the unnamed man, who is alive, is being looked at by the BBC's legal team.
 
Immediately after, viewers expressed their anger that the BBC failed to name the suspect on micro-blogging site Twitter.

 
Referring to presenter Jeremy Paxman, Piers Morgan ‏tweeted: 'So #Newsnight bottled it again tonight re exposing a paedophile? And they have the gall to mock tabloids? Grow a pair, Paxo.'
 
Another tweeter, Brixtonite, said: 'Incredibly irresponsible of #Newsnight to suggest they were going to reveal name of paedophile then not do so. Speculation & gossip now rife.
 
'I don't, and I don't want to know about rumours. I want Newsnight to do decent thing and take what they know to police.'

 



Claims: Iain Overton earlier claimed that subject to BBC legal approval their investigation would be shown on BBC 2


Explosive: Editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Iain Overton, revealed the scoop online
 
Newsnight took the decision despite Mr Overton's crystal clear message online: 'If all goes well we've got a Newsnight out tonight about a very senior political figure who is a paedophile.'
 
Following the broadcast, MailOnline approached Mr Overton for a comment, but he was not available.

 
Mr Overton's bureau is a not-for-profit organisation which works with news outlets to publish in-depth investigations. It says it has been working on this project for the BBC.
 
It piles more pressure on the beleaguered corporation after last month it was revealed Newsnight dumped an investigation into paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile, even though they had interviewed his victims.


It took a ITV documentary to reveal that Jimmy Savile had carried out decades of abuse involving hundreds of children, some of whom were attacked on BBC premises.
 
It emerged that Newsnight had carried out its own investigation into the paedophile DJ - including an interview with the same victim in the ITV documentary- nearly a year before.
 
A BBC team spent six weeks probing allegations that the presenter abused pupils at a school in Surrey, speaking to at least four women who claimed they had been assaulted or knew about events.

 

Savile is now believed to have been one of the UK's most prolific abusers, with about 300 possible victims but the BBC faces questions about whether they helped cover-up his sexual crimes
 


Tweets: Channel Four political correspondent Michael Crick says he has spoken to the man at the centre of the allegations, who has denied he is a paedophile and said that he will sue if Newsnight go ahead with the film

But the report was shelved at the last minute at the request of the programme's editor Peter Rippon. It was not until last month that the BBC aired its own investigation into the scandal, on Panorama.
 
It covered both Savile's crimes and the Corporation's reaction. Mr Rippon stood aside from his role at Newsnight after the BBC said his explanation for shelving the story was 'inaccurate or incomplete'.
 
The corporation's director general George Entwistle was hauled before a select committee last week to explain why and how it happened.
 



THE JOURNALIST WHOSE TWEET SENT THE BBC INTO A TAILSPIN



Iain Overton's tweet that he was helping Newsnight unmask a 'senior political figure' as a paedophile sent the internet wild with speculation about who this abuser might be.
 
But ever since his tweet at around 10am on Friday the BBC has refused to admit that his investigation even exists let alone whether they would broadcast it.
 
Mr Overton is managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an organisation gaining a reputation for big scoops since it was formed at London's City University in April 2010. It boasts that it has helped produce stories that led to 47 front pages in the national press in that time.
 
Its website says: 'Our team of journalists bolsters original news by producing high-quality investigations for press and broadcast media with the aim of educating the public and the media on both the realities of today’s world and the value of honest reporting.'
 
Mr Overton was a commissioning executive at ITN and then a senior producer at the BBC before taking his current role.
 
Investigations he has worked on in the past two years include an expos? on 'counterfeit pharmaceuticals, corporate killings in Iraq, human rights abuses by the Brazilian police and Glasgow gang-land murders linked to security contracts,' he says on his website.

 
He has won one Peabody Award, two Amnesty International Awards, a OneWorld Award, a Prix Circom, a BAFTA Scotland and 3 RTS nominations.
 
MailOnline has tried to contact Mr Overton but he has been unavailable for comment.
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He denied that the broadcaster helped cover up allegations that Savile preyed on women.
 
And now there are huge doubts about whether this latest investigation into the mystery political figure will be broadcast.
 
Channel Four political correspondent Michael Crick says he has spoken to the man at the centre of the allegations, who denied that he was a paedophile and said he would sue if Newsnight broadcasts anything on him tonight.
 
He also added that the man said he had not been approached for a comment by the BBC, despite it being earmarked for tonight's Newsnight.
 
The Metropolitan Police have told MailOnline they have not been handed anything on the subject of the investigation.

The row comes after Labour MP Tom Watson shocked the Commons last month by alleging there was ‘clear intelligence’ linking a former Number 10 aide with a notorious group of sex offenders.

 
He has compiled a dossier allegations for the Metropolitan Police, which is currently dealing with hundreds of allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile.
 
But it is unclear if this is linked to the Newsnight investigation.


Mr Watson suggested a Number 10 insider was named in files connected to the conviction of a child porn smuggler in the early 1990s.

 
He told the Commons: ‘The evidence used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring.

 
‘One of its members boasts of his links to a senior aide of a former prime minister who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.


‘The leads were not followed up, but if the file still exists I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10.’

 
Mr Cameron said Mr Watson ‘raises a very difficult and complex case’ and he was ‘not entirely sure which former prime minister he is referring to’.

 
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SAVILE: DID HE ADMIT MURDER?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2012, 12:38:44 AM »

SAVILE: DID HE ADMIT MURDER?






Shamed Jimmy Savile is now officially one of Britain's worst ever sex offenders




Sunday October 28,2012


By Ben Borland


PAEDOPHILE Jimmy Savile "confessed" to murder on national television, sparking new fears that the monster's reign of terror may have been worse than ever imagined.


 He was speaking in 2002 after the infamous Louis Theroux documentary, in which the shamed pervert was secretly filmed boasting about his brutal criminal past as a nightclub proprieter in Leeds.

 Brandishing one of his trademark cigars, he hisses: "I mean, he was having a go to try and get a bit of salacious TV so of course I suddenly drop into Godfather mode.

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 "If he wants to die, he can die. He won't be the first that I've put away."

 At the time, Theroux laughed off the apparent threat and said he took Savile's menacing words "with a grain of salt".

 However, detectives were yesterday urged to "keep an open mind" about whether the now-notorious presenter may have been telling the truth.
 







Savile was very much a teaser, he liked to titillate people to get attention


 




Forensic psychologist Dr Ian Stephen



Shamed Savile is now officially one of Britain's worst ever sex offenders, with police dealing with up to 300 victims and more expected to emerge.

 It has also emerged that he boasted of his links to organised crime and the IRA, had a bizarre relationship with serial killer Peter Sutcliffe and a macabre fascination with dead bodies.

 Yesterday, one of Britain's leading criminologists urged police to consider investigating Savile as a suspect in historic 'cold case' murders and missing persons investigations.

 Forensic psychologist Dr Ian Stephen said: "Paedophiles are a totally different type of criminal altogether from people who have killed women in a prolific manner. It would be very unusual to find somebody of that type, but having said that he had the money and he had the power.









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"In a sense what he was saying [in the documentary] was I'm telling you this but you don't know, that's the way he lived his life. He was the nice guy who did all sorts of things for charity, that's the man you see but there's a side to me that you don't see.

 "Its like Peter Tobin, he won't tell anybody what he's done, it is all a big game for him. Tobin is in a different league to Savile, but he played games as well. All the things he did were games, his TV programmes, his charities, being around people in hospitals - they were all games.

"He was saying, 'I'm the great Jimmy Savile' and at the same time he's going around groping young people. It is possible that he upped the game, that he needed to get that buzz from getting away with it, and the question is does he increase it? There is always that risk with people who are sensation seekers, they sometimes get bored and raise it and the possibilities are there."

 Dr Stephen also said the Metropolitan Police and other forces should "keep an open mind" with regards to Savile and any open murder cases.

 He said: "They could be looking at places he was, places where people disappeared, that is how they have done it with other people.

"I don't know if they can get anything from that but if some of his victims start talking about attempts to kill them, or instances where the abuse turned physical as opposed to sexual, they might start looking around other possibilities."

 Yesterday, it emerged that Savile had assaulted one of his victims live on air during a crowded scene on Top of the Pops.

 Dr Stephen, who has worked on a number of serial killer cases and advised the makers of TV's Cracker, said he probably got a thrill from committing crimes - or admitting them - in front of the nation.

 He said: "Savile was very much a teaser, he liked to titillate people to get attention, it gave him a feeling of power to raise questions without people actually knowing the truth.

 "He liked to have the knowledge that he was Jimmy Savile and he was untouchable. He had this image that he was a good person and it must have been hard to keep up, almost too hard."

 Savile was one of several celebrities who had featured on Theroux's documentaries who were interviewed for Living With Louis, which was broadcast on the BBC in 2002.






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