The Creaking Leaking Ship That Is The BBC Gets A New Captain. Who’s No Better Than Any Of The Previous Ones
Adam Lovejoy writes from London: The BBC Trust, that hideous creation of New Labour headed by Lord Patten, is obviously under the impression that having hastily appointed a new director general, the current boss of the Royal Opera House Tony Hall, it has managed to protect its collective butt and calm down the storm that has been triggered by the revelations of a paedophile cover up within the Corporation. (Incidentally, the twelve members of the Trust should have been fired once the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal had erupted but somehow they survived the storm. For a while at least.)
The most ridiculous thing about this quiet little coup is that Lord Hall had been at the BBC when Jimmy Savile and the boys were treating themselves to some underage pussy, on the premises and beyond. That alone makes him sort of unsuitable to run the Corporation. And if you consider that Lord Hall was in charge of that odd Cultural Olympiad then his appointment smacks of a conspiracy to preserve the status quo at the BBC at any price.
Interestingly, Labour party leading talents and all sorts of luvvies have responded to Lord Hall’s appointment with great joy. Members of parliament like Chris Bryant and Ben Bradshaw and former BBC top dog and Labour supporter Greg Dyke joined in the praise for the new DG. And no wonder they did. That outstanding cultural icon did everything during his shift as head of BBC news to support Tony Blair and the gang. In those days the BBC was basically part of the Labour party, promoting it and presenting Tony as a great communicator and a political genius. The end result of Labour’s extended stay in power though is not a happy one: the mess is such that it would take many decades to sort it out. (In a civilised country Labour should have faced a Nuremberg type of trial and banned from politics for good.)
Meanwhile, the BBC continues its Soviet-style propaganda campaign, summoning all of its friends and allies on the left to bang on how important it is for the British people and how millions tune in to watch its wonderful shows and unbiased news programmes. It’s a joke, of course, as BBC ratings are all inflated, and if there were a proper system of counting the numbers of viewers and listeners the nasty secret would have been out: very few people watch or listen to the BBC that long ago lost all ability to make good content.
The other line of defence that has been put up by the BBC spin doctors, of whom there are many, is that the Savile sex abuse scandal was basically limited to Jimmy and his close friends while the rest of the Corporation just watched them in awe, unable to report anything due to the high profile of the people involved. The same spin doctors are spreading the word that the scandal with false accusations of paedophilia levelled against Tory heavy-hitter Lord McAlpine on Newsnight was a result of a ‘breakdown in the editorial procedure’. No institutional left-wing bias was involved, these dudes say, hoping that this sort of bulls..t would be accepted by the long-suffering British public that is forced to fund a giant incompetent organisation that is to broadcasting what syphilis is to a loving relationship.
Lord Hall is supposed to steer this creaking leaking ship all the way to 2016, when the BBC charter will be up for review. Expect him to do everything to keep this monstrosity in place. For if this ship sinks, the British left will sink with it.