Notepad on Life

October 24, 2012

Unlucky Jim – should Savile’s death mean that journalistic standards go out the window?

Filed under: TV — - @ 9:08 am
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I’m all for Jimmy Savile’s life and career being thoroughly investigated in the light of the gathering accusations against him. Any lessons that need to be learnt have to be identified.

There is a whiff of the witchhunt emenating from the whole sorry business however. Take this extract from Ten Things You Need to Know Today, for example:

“The December 2011 Newsnight probe into Jimmy Savile was halted after Helen Boaden, the BBC’s head of News, placed an “impossibly high barrier” before its plans to expose the late presenter as a paedophile, according to The Times. Boaden insisted that journalists act as if Savile were still alive and able to sue, according to sources…”

Not being a Times subscriber, I am unable to access the full story but I must confess that I am struggling to know what is so wrong with Helen Boaden’s stance. A man dies and it’s open season on what we throw at him. Is that where we are now?

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