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The BBC, Savile and editors under pressure

Charlie Beckett makes an insightful point about last night’s Panorama covering the BBC’s multiple failures to expose Jimmy Savile as a paedophile and sexual predator:

Likewise, let’s put the Newsnight controversy in perspective. The Newsnight debacle is familiar to anyone who’s seen editors under pressure make unfortunate decisions in a culture where risk is rarely rewarded and where ‘brave’ is a term of mockery. I doubt there was any direct attempt by senior bosses to kill that film.

It’s very easy to go hunting for people to blame in a situation like this. Far more often it’s the culture to blame – but a culture is still made up of people. A lot of people. In many ways, that’s worse.

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Adam Tinworth   Adam Tinworth

Adam has been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 25. He currently works as a consultant and trainer, helping people do better, more engaged online journalism.


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