Unbelievable! Incredulous! Unfathonable!
It is very difficult to describe the debacle at the BBC. It’s akin to finding Aliens in your back garden or Elvis, landing at Heathrow Airport. However, this is not a trivial matter; the BBC appears to have covered-up child abuse. According to the Pollard Report there was “real knowledge, not just rumour – about the unsavoury side of Saville’s character.” In plain English, they knew he was committing acts of abuse and did nothing. Nothing! It is equally clear that the BBC was aware in May 2010 from an e-mail in circulation. (Mail)
The Pollard Report concludes:
“Chaos and confusion,” at management level
“Complete inability,” to deal with the crisis.
“Critical lack of leadership and co-ordination.”
“One of the worst management crises in the BBC’s history.”
Reading that catalogue of criticism you have to marvel at the fact that no one was sacked. In any other line of business, the shareholders would not tolerate such poor management and, neither should the British public who are in effect shareholders of the BBC.
I had expected a passenger liner to dock on the River Thames in order to ship all the sacked managers away and out of sight of the waiting world’s press. To give them time to rehash their CV’s etc:.
To say I am astonished, would be an understatement. There has to be another cover-up somewhere in the bowels of the Corporation.The fact that no one has been sacked gives real credence to the charge of’ “Chaos and confusion” at management level. Someone at the BBC must be holding onto a very dark secret; or at least holding a gun to the temporary management’s head. There can be no other logical explanation for the decision to sack no one. What else can lie beneath that decision? Whatever the truth maybe, the decision making, post Pollard, completely undermines the credibility of the institution.
Can the BBC redeem itself? Not without a root & branch change to management and ethos. The Corporation must show that ‘transparency’ means exactly as defined in the dictionary, that it can be viewed from all sides. As a public institution it must rid itself of any hint of bias if it is to win back the trust of the people and the respect of the world as a top class broadcaster.
See earlier posts: Shut Down the BBC. Bias – Management at BBC