Tuesday 12 December 2017

Doing nothing on Savile wasn't enough

Avoidance seemed to be the BBC's only plan in dealing with the scandal, writes Declan Lynch

IT'S a great country they've got there. Towards the end of 2011, the first steps were taken on the journey that would lead to this most hideous scandal involving one of the great "characters" of British public life, and one of its most august institutions. And towards the end of 2012, men were already appearing in front of Commons committees to explain themselves.

In fact, it's better than that. The institution in question was hammered on TV by an independent investigator and then it was hammered even more by itself, in a programme broadcast on a Monday night... and by Tuesday morning the director general of that institution was being barbecued by MPs with the TV cameras rolling.

Yes, it's quite a country they've got there. For some reason best known to themselves, in Britain they don't need to do these things over a period, of say, 25 years, with no pictures of any kind, and lawyers everywhere, and nothing happening at the end.

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