Saturday, 27 February 2016

Dame Janet Smith Review

The Dame Janet Smith Review was established in October 2012 by the BBC to conduct an impartial, thorough and independent review of the culture and practices of the BBC during the years that Jimmy Savile worked there. It was released yesterday [25-Feb-2016], is it what was expected?

The review found that senior managers were not told of complaints about Savile because of an "atmosphere of fear" which still exists in the BBC.

Before I continue the report is extensive and I am sure will be written about by many but the point that frustrates me is in the last 24 hours Janet Smith has not been asked why she did not inter view the two NewsNight staff who were removed from the BBC and their Savile investigation was quashed as there were two Savile tribute shows being produced.

In October 2012 Peter Ribbon stopped a programme which was being made by Liz MacKean & Meirion Jones which was investigating Jimmy Savile and his abuse of young girls, neither of these people had been questioned by Dame Janet Smith during her three year review even though both had given evidence to the Pollard inquiry, why?

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