Monday 4 July 2022

The BBC wriggles again

A Tale of Two Tims, for the DJ Tim business has firmly dropped DG Tim in it.

The whole business is fascinating, recalling the past Bashir and Savile scandals, with one part of the BBC working with The Guardian [naturally] and firing Freedom of Information requests at another part of the BBC to find out about previous complaints about former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood, while that other part of the BBC was behaving in classic BBC fashion by initially stalling and refusing to confirm or deny any past complaints, and then shifting tack and saying it didn't hold information "helpful for this investigation".

And that's when Tim Davie put his foot in it, insisting:
I've asked and we've looked at our records and we've seen no evidence. If something like this were raised or anything comes up, we investigate it fully.
...which turns out to have been less than accurate. For now, seven months on from the start of it all, the BBC has admitted there have been six complaints after Tim Westwood [who worked for the BBC up until 2013].

What is wrong with them? You'd think, after Bashir and Savile - and Cliff - that they'd stop being so defensive, so obstructive, so incompetent, so shifty when faced with investigations that might damage their reputation. The impression of constant knee-jerk 'covering up' is the thing that's most damaging to their reputation, but they don't seem to be able to help themselves. 

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