If you type everyone knew about Jimmy Savile into your browser these are some of results you get
And that's kind of where I left off last time. Everyone knew, everyone !
I've been down this road many times and it's always the same. Everyone knew nothing ! Here's what Jeremy Paxman thought he 'knew' about Savile
Mr Paxman 'knew' something for definite though guys and gals. He 'knew' what Meirion Jones was up to in November 2011
Fair enough, Paxman was, after all, the main face of Newsnight, along with Kirsty Wark who also knew about the investigation (see individual statements Pollard) But, now here's a thing, how did MWT come into the picture ? His first contact appears to have taken place around the 4th November 2011.
Jones wanted Thomas because of his contacts in Surrey Police. he was a 'good route in'. Was this how Jones' crew acquired that 'off the record' confirmation that Savile had been the subject of a Police investigation in 2007 ?
And, if this 'off the record' information did come from the Police, why didn't the source confirm the outcome of that investigation ? Something was going on between these men and Surrey Police and/or the CPS around this time because by 5th December the latter provided the hacks with a statement that, I for one have NOT been able to locate anywhere. So where is it ?
Where's the question ? It's not in the report ? And where's the full statement ? This is just an info-sharing email between him and his team, including MWT 'Mark-Williams-Thomas' that is.
So, guys and gals, here we are in early December 2011, a whole ten months before ITV broadcast 'The other side of Jimmy Savile' and so far we have quite a few people both in and outside the BBC who are aware of this investigation. MWT was not employed by the BBC at the time so Jones describes Thomas' input as a paid consultant
Later, he tells Pollard, Thomas was brought on-board for very different reasons altogether
' .. well placed to - ... ' ? Obtain 'off the record' information perhaps ? After all, up to this point, Thomas doesn't appear to have brought expertise to the party does he ?
Pollard wants to know how long Jones has known Thomas, more importantly, how long the latter has known about Jones' investigation. Jones' answer shows he's either being deliberately evasive or his memory of who contacted who, and when, is decidedly poor
The above extract is from Pollard Jones part one page 15 or 4/88 of the transcript
So, now things get even better on the WHO KNEW front. MWT is not a man you would expect to keep quiet about such a huge story if his post Exposure behaviour is anything to go by. But then, he'd never heard anything about Savile before that 'in-depth' conversation in the summer of 2011. Another one who never knew anything despite all those years leading investigations or was it, answering the phone) for Surrey Police ?
Thomas, has a very different recollection of how and when he came to be involved
Who to believe ? Neither of them as far as I'm concerned. These two who waited for Jimmy to die before destroying him command no respect from me. And there's more guys and gals, there always is isn't there ? At least I'm not alone in my dislike of the man who started the destruction of a national treasure. Thank you David Jordan BBC boss who with a few others, came out swinging at the now, ex-BBC producer who sold out his colleagues and his employer
Meantime in Scarborough, Leeds, the NHS and all 60,000,000 of us ....