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'Competitive' Culture Cited as Benign Reason Why BBC Let Jimmy Savile Rape Dozens of Children

The BBC has 'lessons to learn' after a report found that it did nothing to stop Jimmy Savile from raping dozens of children. Understatement of the millennium?

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For scientific purposes, we are going to quote sections of the Guardian's write-up about the recent "report" chronicling Jimmy Savile's decades of rape. See if you can spot the part where the BBC was helpless to stop decades of rape from occurring on its premises:

[Dame Janet Smith, who started the independent inquiry] concluded that “an atmosphere of fear still exists today in the BBC possibly because obtaining work in the BBC is highly competitive and many people no longer have the security on an employment contract”.

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It was incumbent on the BBC to examine its culture today, Smith added, particularly when it came to the continued fear of speaking out and its attitudes towards “the talent”, or on-air stars.

In total, Savile sexually assaulted 57 females and 15 boys from the late 1950s to the middle of the last decade. Three incidents of rape and attempted rape took place on BBC premises, Smith said, and the youngest victim to whom Smith spoke was eight years old at the time of the offence.

See? All that child rape was more or less unavoidable. It's a "highly competitive" workplace. What kind of crazy person would report child rape? They could lose their precious BBC job.

Regarding abuse by stars and others at the BBC, Smith concluded that the criminal behaviour was largely the fault of the perpetrators, the broadcaster could have stopped it but failed to do so.

However, the report ultimately concludes that there is no evidence that the BBC as a corporate body was aware of Savile’s conduct and therefore cannot be convicted of any offence.

Right. Which explains this:

Several “wake up calls” should have alerted BBC management to Savile’s behaviour as early as 1969 but did not.

Ultimately, the report found that the "culture within the BBC ... made it difficult to complain or to 'rock the boat'".

The BBC. It's a highly competitive place where no one wants to rock the boat. Ergo, child rape. There were "several wake up calls" but that certainly doesn't mean that the BBC was capable of doing anything to prevent dozens of children being raped in their offices.

The author of the report insists that this isn't a "whitewash."

No comment.

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