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JUST IN! BBC inquiry into Savile/Newsnight affair in full...

by Adrian Moss on 12 November 2012 15:19

How the BBC inquiry panned out...

“I received the transcript of the report from the Newsnight Producer on the Tuesday but did not read it until the Thursday as I was on a team building exercise in the New Forest which involved climbing trees. When I returned on the Thursday I recognised its significance and passed it to the Head of Legal.”

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“I received the transcript on the Thursday morning and ordered my deputy, the Deputy Head of Legal, to check it and report back to me by the close of play.”

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“My boss asked me to check it but I didn’t like the way the third paragraph scanned, so I sent it to the Head of Words.”

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“As Head of Words I have a duty of care and it seemed a matter of some urgency, so I sent it down to both the Deputy Director of Adverbs and the Head of the Directorate of Descriptive Paragraph Phrasing.”

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“I had left for my holiday. Excitedly.”

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“I saw nothing wrong with the paragraph in question and returned it to the Legal Department by hand that lunchtime. I took a taxi as, although the Legal department is only the next floor up, I had forgotten my sandwiches and had no time to get the bus back to Watford and return the document upstairs, I can’t be everywhere.”

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“On receipt of the now checked transcript I then signed it off as legally checked and approved and passed it to the Head of Operational Compliance.”

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“I got it and thought, yeah, you know, whatever. Sent it to thingummy. You know, tall lady. Head of Cross Media Synergy, that’s it. Wicked. Anyone want another game of Halo 4?”

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“I barely had time to read it. So I didn’t. I was meeting Polly, Head of Political Balance (Radios 1 and 4 Extra), for lunch at the Savoy, and I distinctly remember asking my PA to ring the Head of the Weather Centre to see if I was going to need my scarf.”

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“I found it on her desk that evening. It looked ever so important so I stamped it as ‘Approved’ and sent it back to the Newsnight Production Office. Then I carried on with the cleaning. We need some more hoover bags by the way.”

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“I had no idea the programme was going out and no-one told me that we still did Newsnight. I thought Paxman had retired? Anyway, no-one told me that my chat with John Humphreys was actually being broadcast either. Apparently he presents some sort of programme on the radiogram. Is Nationwide still on?”

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“I only took this job as Chairman of the Trust because it looked a bit of a sinecure. Do you know I had to go into the office on a Saturday? Bloody cheek. Anyway, we told him to FO, bunged him a few hundred thou’ and he’s gone off as good as gold. That’ll be the end of it probably. Not too sure what the fuss is about really. Case closed as far as I’m concerned. Can you see if my car’s outside?”

Read more on: BBC Trust, BBC Newsnight, The BBC, BBC and Jimmy Savile, BBC Radio 4, Adrian Moss, and Adrian Moss and BBC
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