Monday, 22 October 2012

Knives out for the BBC?

To my mind, the most interesting aspect of the Jimmy Savile affair is whether the knives are out for the BBC, externally and internally. It's difficult to say without being on the inside, but I'm still amazed that all this didn't leak out years ago in one way or another. When one considers how child-centred and sanctimonious we are, that is. Or are we?

Has it come out because Savile is dead and can't sue for libel, or because we live in a more probing (please forgive the word) era?

Or are the knives out for the BBC?


Sobers said...

I think there are definitely some on the Tory side that see this as a golden opportunity to give the BBC a good kicking, and one they can't in any way fight back against, because if they did (on the grounds it was politically motivated - which it is) they would be seen to be defending a 'kiddy fiddler' (I paraphrase the tabloids).

Sam Vega said...

I'm not sure why it is happening now, but there does seem to be a curious new wind blowing from somewhere. The Tories are now embattled with the BBC, the police, the NHS, and farmers. Oh, and commuters, and people who have saved for a rainy day.

I'm not sure if this is a necessary part of trying to cut a big deficit (though they have cut little of it yet) or whether they are just blundering chancers.

A K Haart said...

Sobers - I think you are right and maybe it will be a long, drawn out affair in order to make the most of it.

Sam - I think they are blundering chancers deliberately dropped into this position by the last Labour government's scorched earth policy.

The Savile affair is a chance to kick back and bury a few other stories.

Thud said...

Quite a few people (me included) see this as payback for the Beebs numerous sins.

James Higham said...

Agree with Thud here.

A K Haart said...

Thud and James - me too. I'd like to see this one run and run.