Film-maker offers to spank BBC presenter
He went into overdrive as the Savile saga emerged. Article after article taking the ‘Meirion Jones’ view of the BBC. Mysteriously, he parted company with the Daily Mail in May of 2013 – without apparently having a ‘fresh opportunity’ lined up. The lack of a fresh opportunity became apparent when he spent the next two years sweating over an output which appears to extend to 4 articles for the Guardian ‘of an average length of 510 words’. Not enough to keep a notoriously thirsty hack in orange juice.
A couple of weeks ago, the tired old Radio Times, long overtaken in popularity by the newspaper version of TV listings, which of course includes all the TV stations, advertised for a staff writer ‘to write sparkling copy, conduct incisive interviews and break agenda-setting news stories’. The position was filled within days. It used to be that openings like that were a stepping stone up to Fleet Street…now they proudly host a Fleet Street hack after his illustrious career.
EXCLUSIVE: Karin Ward, whose TV interview in 2012 led to the unmasking of Savile as a prolific sexual predator, says she has not been approached by the Dame Janet Smith Review, which is investigating the star’s activities at the BBC.
Now, as an experienced hack, whose CV on Journalisted points out, has written more stories about the BBC than any other subject, would be well aware, Dame Janet did not ‘approach’ anybody to speak to her Review. Everybody who came forward to that Review, did so of their own volition, mostly, one hopes, because they wanted the truth to emerge. The fact that Karin chose not to put her version to a Review that will be made public eventually speaks volumes – about Karin, not Dame Janet. Paul Revoir might just as well have claimed that Dame Janet ‘failed to run a bath for Karin’. The article gets worse:
Among Ms Ward’s shocking revelations about Savile was how she had witnessed Gary Glitter having sex with an underage girl in the Jim’ll Fix It star’s dressing room on BBC premises.
He was later convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13.
A deliberately misleading statement, designed to give the impression that a) there was any truth in Karin’s statement that there was a 13 year old girl ever present in that dressing room, and b) the Glitter’s later conviction had any connection with that girl, the BBC, or indeed Karin’s trip to see a recording of the Jimmy Savile programme.
Karin’s turgid tome, published with merely the initials ‘JS’ had, according to Revoir’s version, been spotted by sharp eyed Newsnight reporters….
This was picked up on by Newsnight reporters who interviewed her, only to be told by bosses that the investigation had been shelved.
Try ‘only to be told that since they couldn’t back the story up with the evidence which they claimed was in existence, the BBC wasn’t about to lose its shirt on this tale….’. but then Paul Revoir manages to reveal that he would be well aware of that – for it seems he has direct quotes from Ms Ward.
Now Karin Ward, a woman who had been hideously abused by a number of men (and her Mother) before she ever met Jimmy Savile, and who, as a direct result of her contact details being handed out to every last thirsty hack in Fleet Street by the embittered Meirion Jones and his Chewing Gum expert colleague, not only has suffered from poor mental health since her early teens, but has suffered even more over the past four years as a result of the media exposure, ensuing court cases, and generally becoming the media’s poster child for historic sex abuse.
As a result, she is not only in continuous therapy but also has an unlisted new telephone number. Paul Revoir appears to have access to it recently.
She said: “I was not summoned/subpoenaed/contacted in any way. And yes, I completely agree that it is extremely strange, in view of the fact that my revelations were, from about 2009 onward, on the internet and so I really was the first to stick my head above the parapet as it were.
“Perhaps they were worried I might say something they didn’t like? The BBC have done nothing but blank and ignore me ever since the failed Newsnight and following Panorama business; it is as if I don’t exist!”
Even Revoir, writing for the Radio Times, was forced to ask the BBC for comment, and it emerges:
The Corporation spokesman, in relation to Ms Ward’s claims that she had been ignored by the BBC, pointed out that the BBC offered to help her with a contribution to her legal costs before the Freddie Starr defamation case. It added it remained “willing to discuss a fair contribution to her costs, if these cannot be recovered from Mr Starr as ordered by the court”.
Which sits oddly with a number of articles at the time, claiming that the BBC ‘ left Karin swinging in the wind ‘.
I may be the last person standing who has any sympathy for Karin Ward. The tentative attempt, by a deeply damaged girl, to write a pot boiler misri-lit autobiography, has been hijacked and used, over and over again, by cynical journalists, some trying to settle family feuds, some to revive a flagging career, some just to finance their bar bill. Not one of them cares two hoots about the continuing damage done to Karin.
Karin’s original claims were that she had been forced to give oral sex to Jimmy Savile in the back of his car, accompanied by other girls from Duncroft, in order to be allowed to go to the Clunk-Click show aged 14.
The Police, and the High Court, have now established definitively that Savile first visited Duncroft in the January. 43 days later, Karin Ward and five other girls – accompanied by members of staff, visited Clunk-Click a few days before Karin’s 16th birthday.
There is no evidence, no claims from anyone else that Savile visited Duncroft again during those 43 days. No other girls have come forward to verify the tale of being in Savile’s car during those 43 days. It is unlikely that Karin absconded from the locked school during those 43 days, in order to meet Savile off the premises – for if she had, the Headmistress would not have allowed her to take part in a ‘treat’ outing. Nor was she 14.
There are a group of journalists, Meirion Jones, Miles Goslett, Dominic Ponsford, William Turvill, Mark Watts, David Hencke, and now Paul Revoir, who are determined to keep the victims of sexual abuse, – and notwithstanding the Savile allegations, Karin Ward is most certainly that – as fodder to pay for their dinner.
They care less about the damage they are doing to these men and women, care less about actually investigating the truth, quite content to publish disingenuous, and sometimes downright untrue, articles. It is about time they stopped – or were stopped.
No surprise to find that the Radio Times is currently advertising for a ‘click-bait’ manager.
Our brand of intelligent, sparky journalism makes headlines every week and gets RT talked about.
Ben Preston, Editor – Radio Times.
So! Let’s talk about it Ben! Let’s talk about how you are now employing a reporter content to publicise a damaged and vulnerable victim with mental health issues in order to claim a disingenuous ‘exclusive’. A reporter who was memorable described as ‘a wanker‘ by one TV producer; and who described the new (then) BBC1 controller as ‘a dumbed down blonde’.
Even the Daily Mail decided they could live without him. This is the standard the Radio Times aspires to these days, is it Ben?