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The BBC’s Treatment Of Sir Cliff Richard Must Have Severe Consequences For The Individuals Responsible.

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Fran Unsworth, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs

Dan Johnson, BBC Reporter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There simply is no other option, Fran Unsworth and Dan Johnson must be sacked.

I could have been persuaded to let them resign but not since they have both supported the idea of an appeal, compounding the abuse of Sir Cliff.

This has been in inexcusable episode which has brought shame on the BBC.  It would have disgraced the News of the World if it was still with us but for this editorial decision to have been forced, repeatedly, and defended by the BBC at huge cost, really is a national scandal.

Sack them both now and apologise unreservedly. Anything less and the BBC will forever be diminished beyond any possibility of redemption – and think what that means to all the sincere, honourable, decent people who have worked there.

The brazen attempts to justify this abuse have damaged the BBC even further.  The public is sick of media abuse and of weak governments that repeatedly fail to stand up to powerful organisations.  The second part of the Leveson Inquiry was supposed to investigate collusion between the media and the police.  Only a few weeks ago, the then Culture Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, cancelled it. There can be no doubt that this was designed only to appease the press barons in the interests of the Conservative Party.  Just days later, Murdoch’s takeover of Sky was approved as well. As in so many other instances, this government and its ministers are demonstrated to be corrupt and shameless with it.

If the BBC wants to be regarded in the same category as Murdoch, Dacre and the Barclay Brothers, by all means keep Unswortth and Johnson on staff.  The British public will never forgive you.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

July 19, 2018 at 10:13 am

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  1. Someone within the police force contacted the BBC and gave them the information necessary to carry out this awful incident of abuse. The police have been penalised by the court too and it is only fair that the person who thought it was a good idea to involve the BBC face sanctions too. If anyone should know, or be in a position to find out, what the law is on instances like this, it is the police.

    jaxaheath

    July 19, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    • I agree entirely and Leveson 2 was supposed to investigate exactly this sort of police/media collusion. It was cancelled. It stinks. It’s corrupt and it goes right to the very top of government.

      These days with Theresa May in charge we are no better than some tin pot South American narco state run by some seedy dictator.

      Peter Reynolds

      July 19, 2018 at 4:46 pm


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