The recent Jimmy Savile case continues to unfold, causing a huge uproar, and rightly so. But isn’t it ironic how we were itching to trust both the BBC and Savile, yet they’ve both let the public down? The whole Savile saga isn’t of a great surprise with the beauty of hindsight, the whacked-out muppet always seemed in cloud cuckoo land – ultimately manufacturing his escape plan and saving himself from a public onslaught through to his death. The thing is, the BBC has nowhere to hide, there are damning questions that they need to answer to and soon.
Disappointment in the BBC
I’m a massive fan of the BBC, no question about it, I love most of their programming and I’ve always believed in their ethics and practices; it’s refreshing for an organisation of their size to remain impartial in this current day, and you can’t argue with their ability to inform and educate too. Yet the paying public has to question the integrity of a broadcaster who turned a blind eye to the behaviours of Savile. The disgust I feel towards Savile is one thing, but the BBC’s mistakes frustrate me more to be honest. I’ve handed the BBC many hours of my personal time, you kind of invest in them emotionally without realising, I’m not insinuating they should be grateful, but would I have watched if I were I aware of these allegations? I don’t reckon I would.
It appears the BBC has been ripped apart, albeit many years ago, by the dwindling actions of a management team failing to deal with Savile’s antics. Unfortunately for the BBC, I believe those nonchalant individuals have tarnished the current experience for all those associated with the BBC. I am sure they do, too.
Are we really surprised?
Is the BBC any different to the long-line of lying, deceitful, scandalous organisations that seemingly keep coming to light? Just look at what happened with Hillsborough, a corrupt police, up until recently, withheld vital information from the families who fought so hard for justice. And, that’s the police – the epitome of trust? Then there’s the hacking scandal that ultimately led to the closure of the News of the World. And, of course we can’t forget the banks. It’s bloody everywhere, so why should we be surprised by the BBC’s actions and indeed old Jimmy? Personally, the BBC has forever been apart of my life, growing up as a child with Roland Rat (who they hell dreamt him up!?), Top of the Pops and more importantly Match of the Day. I still sit trusting them with Cassius, my son, we’ll sit there watching CBeebies. Deep down, it’s not surprising is it, just all a bit disappointing.
Do we rely on others too much for stability, after all we seemingly want to invest in these brands emotionally, clearly? Otherwise we wouldn’t be so angry. Are we too weak and just want to trust and lean on other people, brands and organisations – expecting too much of them? As I said of my own situation recently leading up to the ban – you can only have so many chances, so many return visits asking for forgiveness. We invest so much trust into others and yet we’re surprised when events unfold negatively. I know I need to re-earn the trust of others – it’s time these massive organisations recognise it too. As far as the BBC go, for me, they’re now just the best of a pretty rotten bunch.