Its called – continuity – and free publicity in the TV trade!
It was all going so well, the police worked out an arrest strategy with Gary Glitter (Paul Gadd) who now lives in London, near the top of the list, and a long line of aging Disc Jockeys, Television Grandees including Wil D'eath and retired production staff of all grades, plus the entire pensioned off inmates of Brinsworth House - the luvvies retirement home - were in the frame to be grilled by the police teams, looking into the serial sexual harassment and rape related activities, of the now disgraced (and belatedly disowned by his relatives) Sir Jimmy Savile.
So what went wrong? Two words MAX CLIFFORD, we all fell for it. To be fair a master stroke from the canny self styled PR Guru (I’d prefer old time Press Agent) Max, all tanned and well groomed, standing in the garden – just to the left of his Bentley - of his well appointed country residence.
We’ve seen this ploy before – the garden interview that is. Last time it was cheating footballers, in the middle of Summer, but this weekends effort, when the weather had dived to near freezing, but Max ever the professional, still wore the same sunny outfit as seen on TV before – its called – continuity – in the TV trade!
Max has small but expensive offices in Central London, the walls lined with framed newspaper headings, but to show off his clients, and to make a sales pitch to new ‘worried’ clients. It proves he is the king of media hype, just watch the rat pack and assorted TV News companies traipse down to the MC country pile. The phones in his office then do ring off the hook.
It very nearly came off Max, you really had us all fooled. The script was almost the same as he used for previous garden ‘live TV News pieces to camera’ “I’ve had lots of worried pop stars, phoning me up all week and I expect many more will do so in the coming weeks.”
For ‘pop stars’ substitute ‘footballers’ - ‘managers’ – ‘politicians’- even hamsters. It’s all money in the bank for Max. If ‘worried’ time expired pop stars are silly enough to take up the offer, then so be it. Max wins…
The softening up process began days earlier with Freddie Starr seemingly trying to make an urgent date with police, so we must ask the question who really ate the hamster? Freddie or Max? Or did they have half each? It’s a good line, Freddie says he needs to clear his name (but if he’s innocent then why clear his name?) and a welcome shot of publicity would be good for his career in his twilight years.
Clearly anyone ‘papped’ or associating with the disgusting old shell-suited paedophile in the last fifty years ; and those well placed public sector officials who gave our Jimmy the keys to all manner of forbidden delights, will all be awaiting the early knock on the door.
Hopefully the police and the Crown Prosecution Service will get to the bottom of fifty years of a ‘tsunami of filth.’ Meanwhile Max Clifford needs like every business to do some publicity, pay for advertising and promotion to top up the corporate coffers, so Max does what he does best. Free no cost publicity on all the prime TV news programmes! Brilliant!
Now if you think I am being hard on Max, well no. The whole Jimmy Savile story just gives and gives, in news agenda terms, many more months of this, and for some reason more images of the disgusting old pervert continue to prop up each latest news bulletin, rather than substituting a lingering shot of the NSPCC logo or simply the childline number.
But if we really are to get to the root of it all, and remember this all goes way back to the swinging 60’s. I’d round up everyone who had ever worked with BBC VT ! Yes the infamous BBC video tape department, known universally as VT.
For many years, all the bloopers, and other choice reels of tape, naughty out takes if you like, would be routinely sent to VT for consideration for inclusion in the BBC Special staff Christmas tape (copies given out to staff but for obvious reasons, never ever broadcast). In later years when some ‘stars’ including one 'Big Spender'started complaining their 14 retakes rehearsal had found its way on to the VT Christmas tape, it got closed down. But the 60’s and 70’s are safe, the tapes survive!
There are still many bootleg copies of the Christmas tapes around, and some retired VT people may well have saved some of the juicer moments, probably on 3 inch Ampex tape, gathering dust in several lofts somewhere. The point being that most video tape in those days, was routinely wiped and re-recorded but the bloopers for VT, were never ever erased or used again……and the tapes apparently contained much more than just bloopers, and some cuts just too hot for the Christmas tape.....
But what about those who did cruelly and cynically take advantage of under age or vulnerable young males and females? Clearly they should be found and punished. Untold damage has been done to several generations, and those who knew what was happening, and were in a position to prevent it happening, decided to do nothing. Clearly they are just as guilty by association, and the book in every case should be thrown at them.
|Johnny Beerling - employed Savile|
Speaking of which, former BBC Radio 1 controller Johnny Beerling is chairing a bid by Radio Skipton to win a community radio licence. He’s joined up with Revolution programme controller John Evington to apply for a licence, aiming to provide the Yorkshire town with a local station.
Skipton was home to Yorkshire Dales Radio, aka Fresh Radio, which was recently sold to UKRD and re-branded as Stray FM and moved to Harrogate.
A board of trustees will oversee the running of the station with Johnny Beerling, who lives in the area, as its chairman.
Johnny Beerling: “Apart from reflecting local news and events we will embrace local sporting clubs, schools, youth activities.........." Clearly Beerling is somewhere on the police 'of interest' list as controller ofRradio One, he know the deceased pervert Jimmy Saville for several decades and no doubt can fuilol in some of the missing details.
But whoever they are, or however highly regarded they may be now, all should be interviewed, and if anyone out there does have information, now would be a very good time to find a lawyer, put personal affairs in order and produce all the evidence. They might also like to consider a large financial donation to the NSPCC, it seems we all prefer to give money to the RSPCA to help animals and a far lesser amount to the NSPCC, such is the value of human life.
|Rather than endless pictures of the serial abuser Savile, on TV News|
how about this as a practical replacement?
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