Meanwhile, George Entwistle, the BBC’s head of television, was trying to work out how BBC light entertainment would mark the death of one of its biggest stars. Entwistle was informed that there was no obituary ready to run on Savile – unusual for someone who had made such a contribution to British public life. The decision had been made by successive controllers, a colleague told him by email. Savile had a “dark side”, which meant it was “impossible to make an honest film to be shown so close to death”, his colleague said… More here.
A fascinating article and one which highlights just how much you could get away with in the bad old days. It is also highlighted by the fact that almost all of the UK population are happy for one of the country’s best loved TV personalities to rot in hell.