Just last night I realised that it's actually been available since June 2013 according to this newspaper report. How did I miss this ?
I found the above only after I had stumbled across the report myself, or rather, a FOI request dated September 2014
Strange that someone would request a copy of a report that was available 14 months before. It's been split into two parts 33 pages each and while it's heavily censored, it's a great read
It seems that the News of the world failed to supply the transcripts of the recordings made by the two hacks involved in the attempted sting. They formed part of a Police investigation that would end in a seven year jail sentence for a woman NOT an employee of the BBC.
The three NOTW hacks are named as, Clive Cooke (called himself Arnold Carter) Trevor Kempson (Ken Travers) and Frank Freeman who bailed around July August 1970 because of ulcers apparently. It seemed they had help from a disgruntled ex-BBC employee
And, they had 'received information 'other sources' including a record plugger and friend of Dorothy Squires'
I was fairly taken aback when I saw the name Dorothy Squires. I had never heard of Mike Briton (I still don't know who he is) and as for Harry Goodwin ... keep going
Poor old Dorothy (Dot) her name keeps cropping up for some reason. She is later charged and acquited but we'll come back to this later.
Note it's Tim Knight's parties he refers to at this point, not Janie Jones's shindigs. I have no idea who this knight chap is.
Next - Top of the Pops and that 'grave moral danger' I'm into the second part of the disclosure document now. The more interesting bit because it covers TOTP and Claire McAlpine
Neil questioned Goodwin and it's clear he was not impressed. The screws wanted him sacked, he wasn't although he only remained until 1973.
I'll cover the Claire McAlpine section of Mr Neil's report next time when I'll be comparing what was (or should have been) known in 1972, with more recent versions of the story. Claims that NO ONE appears to have heard of until October 2012. Imagine that ? the most venomous Sunday newspaper ever, investigates the BBC for months and fails to expose Jimmy Savile.
Because, obviously no one had shown them this PRESS photograph of Jimmy onstage with Claire McAlpine .
Oh, and I haven't forgotten about Dan Davies's account of the story. Next time !