Tuesday 26 September 2017

Martin Bell: BBC will survive Savile but it must stop playing safe

THE BBC in turmoil? An easy, world-weary reaction would be a shrug. When has it not been? The turbulence reached such a point during the term of office of the previous director-general, Mark Thompson, that if he wanted a holiday he would cross the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2, the one place from which he could not be flown back to deal with the crisis of the day.

On earlier occasions, when he was rushed back to his desk and the crisis eventually subsided, he would then have to face questions about the cost of the flight.

This one is different.

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