He's not saying this bright star is Jimmy, but, who else would the reader think it was especially when
Of course 'we now know'* that the TOTP presenter named in CM's diary, allegedly that is because no one except Vera McAlpine or the metropolitan police, appear to have ever seen it, was Tony Blackburn NOT Jimmy Savile. My first question to Lord Hall the boss at the BBC would be, WHY are we only being told this now ? I would not expect an answer, moreover I do not expect him to issue the apology TB has demanded, why ? because TB has been thrown to the wolves, and it's NOT Jimmy Savile's fault, it's Tony Hall's.
It's his fault because he should have tackled the question of CM as soon as it raised it's ugly head.
While Exagg news and other corrupt press folk were waiting for the go ahead to publish their dame 'leak', I had already established that it was NOT Savile's name in the diary. I'd concluded that the accused WAS more than likely, Tony Blackburn. It's therefore reasonable to conclude that whoever leaked that draft knew 'A7' was Blackburn. Worse still, the document revealed something a lot much more sinister than an entry in a 15 year old gal's diary.
It reveals HOW the BBC in 1971 dealt with a complaint from a mother concerned about her daughter after reading her diary. A fact made all the more pertinent when the girl killed herself a few weeks later.
Mr Blackburn was, we are told, sacked NOT because of anything he may or may not have done 45 years ago. He was sacked, according to Lord Hall because of the evidence he gave to the Smith inquiry, specifically this :
From this and chapter 9 in Smith's report, we can fill in at least one blank in Brian Neil's 1972 'interim report'
Let's see how the dame details events back then. 'The girl', along with other TOTP 'dollies' were interviewed by the News of the World a month before she died
The press had been sniffing around the BBC for sometime, as far back as 1969, following tip offs about corruption and sex parties involving pop stars and radio 1 DJ's. Nothing to do with TOTP but a 'wake-up call' according to our dame, that some one (gals) or thing (the BBC), might be in moral danger,
Then came the next 'wake-up call' says dame, the phone call from Mrs M.
The original 'note' of this call doesn't exist. But it was taken seriously as we can see from a memo sent from a Tony Peston to the BBC solicitor and Billy Cotton head of light entertainment.
Then things get tricky for Tony and/or his agent
Stay with me guys and gals, we're still in 1971 now, and even back then a question mark loomed over Tony and/or his representative had actually said or remembered about something as recent as a few weeks. He'd have to, not, remember this all over again 42 years later in 2013.
Now, guys and gals, here's where TB's scapegoating argument gains credence ! Bear in mind that Mrs B only spoke to the papers and the Police AFTER her daughter's death. Her recollection of how her complaint was dealt with a month earlier was somewhat different to Rex Moorfoot who recorded
Dame wasn't able to ask VB if this was true, so she did the next best thing, she consulted the NOTW dated 4th April 1971
The dame cannot check exactly what Mrs B said to Moorfoot, while his secretary listened in
The dame condemns the BBC's reaction to VB's telephone call despite not knowing what the poor woman actually said. Tony Blackburn rightly feels aggrieved because no one including the Police and coroner's office saw CM's diary entries as anything more than the fantasies of a young lass.
In all the article's I've been able to access online, one that stands out in terms of going that extra half inch, is CM's local newspaper, the Watford Observer. Amazingly this was published on October 5th 2012 ! The conclusions were wrong but the content is useful
Goodness gracious these guys predecessors were at Claire's inquest in April 1971. The diary was not produced, so where was it ? Does it exist ? because, if I were Tony Blackburn, I'd be very interested to see it
Nice try, wrong bloke
Jimmy's 'sumptuously furnished' London pad !
Additional information - see the exchange between me and Bandini in the comments below. The BBC version of what VB said in her chat with Rex M, is that, 'her daughter, after making the accusation, withdrew it'. This doesn't make sense to me, does it make sense to you ? Moorfoot was very careful to cover his back during this telephone conversation, so much so that he had his secretary listen in and sign a written record of Mrs M's satisfaction that 'A7' had been given a 'warning'. One really has to read ALL of this section of the dame's report in order to get the full picture starting from page 22 of ch9
You see it was the press that linked Claire's death to TOTP. As far as I can see, aside from payola there was little to indicate that audience members were in any 'moral danger' from anyone in the BBC until VB told them about her complaint. Indeed, the 'dolly' feature followed an innocent attempt to put more 'sparkle' into the pops by including these dolly dancers !
Was VB happy with that second phone call ? Neither I nor the dame knows, she certainly wasn't happy in the press version of events, but of course, let's not forget her daughter has just died she may even be blaming herself
Poor Vera, poor Claire ! Shame on those who may have covered their own backs at the expense of the innocents, Jimmy Savile included ! That's all for now guys and gals