Thursday, 2 May 2013

BBC Edging Toward Revival of Savile Culture?


So far this year, there seems to be a pattern emerging of BBC executives actively engaging in biased behaviour that appears to attack those who are attempting to uncover atrocities against children and other vulnerable people on the island of Jersey.

This is especially surprising, considering the BBC stands accused of turning a blind eye to Child Abuse within its ranks in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. 

We, at The Voice, can exclusively reveal a disturbing series of events: The BBC Promoting Internet “hate sites,” issuing statements on Twitter we can only call highly concerning. This causes us to believe that the BBC may be continuing to nurture a similar culture to the one that enabled paedophile Jimmy Savile to "terrorise" people across the British Isles for six decades, frequently right in the offices of the BBC.

As you will see, evidenced below, this predatory culture is still alive and well within this publicly funded organisation today.

The first incident that caught our eye was in January of this year, when "The Voice" observed BBC staff actively promoting a hate site on Facebook attacking a fellow journalist investigating Child Abuse on the island.

Since then, we have seen additional worrying activity by members of the BBC on Twitter, including by the head of BBC Jersey himself, plugging the accounts of other Twitter users clearly set up to bully and harass those advocating for the victims/survivors of Child Abuse.

Interestingly, members of the BBC have been caught out posting, then deleting, much of this biased material, indicating they themselves are conflicted in addressing issues of Child Abuse/paedophilia. 

As a case in point, last week, Managing Editor of BBC Jersey, Jon Gripton, appeared back on Twitter after his account mysteriously disappeared earlier this year when he tweeted in support of another Twitter account that looks to be set up to bully and harass at least one sitting Jersey politician. In the same tweet, Mr. Gripton cast aspersions on the character of another sitting politician.

The two politicians were Shona and Trevor Pitman, respectively, both politicians in Jersey's Parliament who are advocating for abuse victims/survivors and challenging Jersey’s legal system when it comes to its questionable treatment of the vulnerable and defenceless.

In one of his Twitter comments (since deleted) Mr. Gripton stated that Trevor Pitman would probably respond to the online bullying and harassment by going on a "witch-hunt." This hardly seems to be the type of behaviour becoming of a BBC executive, particularly on the heels of recent events.

The hate site, set up on Facebook, that appeared to be promoted by the BBC, included death threats against the fellow journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman, an American who has been investigating Child Abuse on the island. The Facebook site is still up, although some of the most offending content has been deleted, at: HERE 

It should be noted that one of the producers of BBC Jersey, Julie Flanagan, actively promoted this site in January – the same month Ms. Goodman’s UK/Jersey travel ban was lifted. To this day, the members list for the site contains the names of other BBC staff.

I wrote to Mr. Gripton in January, requesting he investigate the unethical and unbecoming behaviour of his staff (this was before he started joining in this behaviour himself). But, as readers will see below, my concerns fell on deaf ears. Instead of conducting a proper investigation, Mr. Gripton warned me of potential “redress” should I publish our correspondence.

However, I believe our correspondence to be of huge public interest, which is why I have decided to publish it below.

E-MAIL CORRESPONDENCE.


from:
 voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
to:
 Jon Gripton
cc:
 Julie Flanagan
date:
 28 January 2013 10:26
subject:
 Disgusted and appalled.
mailed-by:
 gmail.com


Jon.

I feel compelled to write to you as Managing Editor of BBC Jersey concerning a member of your production team Ms. Julie Flanagan (copied in).

Yesterday my attention was brought to a Facebook site Titled "Leah McGrath Goodman....Get your facts right."

It appeared to be set up in response to a comment made by Ms. Goodman in an interview she did with Max Keiser from "Russia Today" where Ms. Goodman had stated that books were banned in Jersey, notably she said "books" not "all books" although the basis of the Facebook group was built on the latter. 

The Facebook group was full of inaccurate information, personal insults, bordering on hateful and certainly spiteful comments against Ms Goodman, and others. 

After further perusal I discovered that Ms. Flanagan was actively promoting the site by inviting quite a number of people to join it, to include, members of the BBC staff.

I have to say that I was disgusted, and appalled, not only by the content/comments posted on the group's wall, but more worryingly that a producer at the BBC would be actively promoting a site that was attacking a fellow journalist in such a hateful and spiteful manner.

Behaviour of this sort (IMO) only further erodes the credibility of the BBC and causes one to question its motives. Thankfully it appears that the Facebook group has now been closed down, whether it was Facebook who closed it down, or the administrator, I am not sure. 

Not only did the group show the people of Jersey in a bad light by attacking a journalist who is researching the Child Abuse atrocities, and related issues on the island, but the fact that it was being promoted by a member of the BBC production staff is just as, if not, more concerning.

What is equally perplexing is that (to the best of my knowledge) Ms. Flanagan did not sign, nor promote, the e-petition in order to have Ms Goodman's (a fellow journalist) visa restored so that she could return to Jersey in order to resume her research into the Child Abuse atrocities yet here she is, a member of a group that is discrediting Ms. Goodman in the most appalling manner.

That all said, I believe the administrator of the Facebook group, though misguided, created the group with the right intentions, but it turned into, as mentioned above a hateful and spiteful attack on a journalist that was promoted by Ms Flanagan, and possibly others at the BBC.

I hope you treat this "incident" with the seriousness it deserves and consider, at the very least, an internal investigation into the actions of Ms. Flanagan and other BBC staff who might have been involved?

Neil.

from:
 voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
to:
 Jon Gripton
cc:
 Julie Flanagan
date:
 29 January 2013 16:48
subject:
 Re: Disgusted and appalled.
mailed-by:
 gmail.com

Jon.

As is so often the case you've not even sent an acknowledgement of the e-mail below, and once more I am left wondering if you are going to be ignoring it?

Could you please do me the courtesy of replying to the e-mail by advising me whether you are going to be taking any action into the conduct of your staff, or not?

If you have no intention of addressing my (and others) concerns could you please let me know sooner, rather than later, so I can pursue those concerns through other channels?

Neil. 

from:
 Jon Gripton
to:
 voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
date:
 29 January 2013 20:07
subject:
 RE: Disgusted and appalled.
mailed-by:
 bbc.co.uk

I have investigated the matters you raise.
I think you misunderstand the nature of Facebook – to share a page and bring it to the attention of journalist colleagues, is not to “promote” it.
Leah McGrath Goodman herself has praised our coverage of her plight, and has granted us interviews whilst at home and also when she arrives in Jersey.
I too was surprised at the reaction of various islanders to the debate – it is something we are aware of and indeed are looking into.
In the meantime, as ever, if you are not happy with my response you may escalate your complaint – the details of how to complain to the BBC are here:


from:
 voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
to:
 Jon Gripton
date:
 30 January 2013 12:33
subject:
 Re: Disgusted and appalled.
mailed-by:
 gmail.com


Jon.

With the greatest respect I find your response somewhat patronising and find it difficult to believe you have conducted ANY kind of an investigation.

The patronising bit is where you suggest that I don't understand the nature of Facebook. On the contrary it is BBC Jersey who don't understand the nature of Facebook as the radio presenters regularly read out comments from clearly fake accounts.

To elaborate a little further on the patronising you try to convince me that Ms.Flanagan was only bringing attention to the "hate site" to fellow journalists and not "promoting" it. To make fellow journalists aware of the site Ms. Flanagan would/could have e-mailed/texted/private messaged or phoned her colleagues to bring it to their "attention."

The fact is Ms. Flanagan "joined" the group and openly "invited" others to join it, if that is not "promoting" the site, and your "investigation" didn't come to that conclusion then this proves my point made about you not even conducting an investigation.

As for making a complaint to the BBC about you, and your staff's latest display of biased and unprofessionalism you know as well as I do it would be a waste of time so I will just post our correspondence on my Blog and forward it to interested parties.

Neil.

from:
 voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
to:
 Jon Gripton
date:
 31 January 2013 09:44
subject:
 Complaint.
mailed-by:
 gmail.com


Jon.

After sharing our latest correspondence, with interested parties, involving BBC producer Julie Flanagan's membership and promotion of, what has become known as, the Leah McGrath Goodman hate group on Facebook I have been encouraged to submit a complaint to BBC and elsewhere.

It has been suggested that the complaint should also include yourself and your refusal to take my concerns seriously, or assure me , that my concerns have been addressed adequately in favour of protecting the BBC, Its staff and reputation. 

I have been convinced that there will be merit, in having documented, the practices of the BBC and their reluctance/refusal to take the concerns of the public seriously even now after the Jimmy Savile debacle.

I believe I have demonstrated that Miss Flanagan DID, not only join, but "promote" the Facebook Group "(Leah McGrath Goodman....Get your Facts Right") and that you are ignoring this and have taken the position of protecting the BBC over addressing the concerns of the public.

Before I embark on submitting my complaint against yourself, and Ms. Flanagan, could you please detail for me the extent of your "investigation" and if you still maintain that Ms. Flanagan was making other journalists "aware" of the "hate site" rather than "promoting" it?

I should note that I don't believe, in the short term, that either yourself or Ms. Flanagan will in any way be held to account for your actions, or inactions, by the BBC Trust or anybody else at the BBC for that matter.

What I believe this exercise will achieve, possibly in the long term, is that the culture within the BBC that enabled Jimmy Savile to abuse vulnerable children for decades, by people turning blind eyes, not taking the public's concerns seriously and possibly more sinister motives still remains today.

I look forward to you prompt response on this grave matter.

Neil. 

from:
 Jon Gripton
to:
 voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
date:
 31 January 2013 21:44
subject:
 RE: Complaint.
mailed-by:
 bbc.co.uk

I take all complaints very seriously and investigate them appropriately.
I have already answered your complaint on this matter, in an email to you on 29 Jan 2013.
If you wish to take the matter further, I have given you details of the BBC Complaints procedure.
Furthermore, as per my email to you of 26 April 2012, I again formally request that you do not publish our email conversations on your blog without prior consent.
If you wish a response to be 'for publication' then please make this clear in advance. Failure to agree or to adhere to this request may prevent me from corresponding with you, and may result in redress where appropriate.


from:
 voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
to:
 Jon Gripton
date:
 1 February 2013 11:21
subject:
 Re: Complaint.
mailed-by:
 gmail.com


Jon.

You continue to demonstrate that the culture within the BBC that enabled Savile to abuse for decades is still prevalent today and NO lessons have been learnt.

You refuse to address my concerns or assure me you have conducted ANY kind of investigation. I asked for you to detail your investigation for me as I believe I have proven beyond any doubt the Ms. Flanagan joined and actively promoted the Facebook Hate Group.

All you have told me is that your so-called "investigation" was appropriate but have not detailed it in any way for me. I bring your attention to the paragraph in my previous e-mail that I believe you have an obligation, to the licence fee payer, to answer in full.

"Before I embark on submitting my complaint against yourself, and Ms. Flanagan, could you please detail for me the extent of your "investigation" and if you still maintain that Ms. Flanagan was making other journalists "aware" of the "hate site" rather than "promoting" it?"

I would like it made very clear, to whoever this complaint ends up with (and possibly my readers) that issuing me with a threat not to publish our correspondence with the public, and licence fee payer, IS the very tactic used to prevent people speaking out against Savile and other abusers. You are seeking to instil fear into me so that I keep quiet by threatening me with "redress" should I inform the public (licence fee payer) of the goings on in your institution the BBC.

It might give you some satisfaction to learn that every day of my life is filled with fear ever since I have discovered we have a corrupt, and politicised, judicial system. I live in fear every day of my life knowing how powerless the ordinary folk of this corrupt island are. I live in fear every day of my life knowing that the one institution (the BBC) who I grew up believing and trusting as an independent organisation who people could turn to against a corrupt and oppressive regime is actually part of that regime. I am scared Jon fear fills my life in Jersey.

So with that in mind, your latest threat, or scare tactic, does frighten me possibly more than you could know. Not because you have threatened me with redress but the fact I have been threatened by the BBC who I believed were there to protect the public and its interests.

It is your call whether you reply to this e-mail, or not, or address my concerns adequately by answering my straight forward questions with straight forward answers. I will not guarantee that our correspondence will not be published on my Blog, or a number of other Blogs/websites across the internet as I believe it is imperative for people to speak out and the public are made aware of the scare tactics still being used against those who want nothing more than truth, honesty, and integrity. The public need to know that the very culture that enabled Savile and others to carry on abusing for decades carries on today by the BBC who threaten those who attempt to hold the BBC to any kind of account.

I believe I have "more than" fulfilled my obligation to try to resolve this issue locally with yourself and Ms. Flanagan, the latter who never even acknowledged my e-mails, let alone attempt to offer any kind of explanation or assurances.

I'll give it 24 hours for you to reply (adequately) to this e-mail and will then set about escalating my complaint against Ms. Flanagan and yourself further up the BBC ladder and elsewhere.

Neil.

from:
 voiceforchildren voiceforchildren
to:
 Jon Gripton
date:
 2 February 2013 11:50
subject:
 Re: Complaint.
mailed-by:
 gmail.com


Now that the 24 hours has come and gone and you have ignored my previous e-mail and genuine concerns, I will be escalating my complaint against yourself and Ms. Flanagan and going public across the internet, and elsewhere, to include UK MP's, national journalists, and others.
I will be Blogging the entire journey, from start to finish, and with documentation, demonstrating how the BBC's policy appears to be to protect their staff and attempt to keep everything (complaints etc.) "in house" by ignoring the concerns of the public and "threatening" into silence those who dare contemplate "going public."
I believe I will be able to demonstrate that the culture within the BBC that protected a prolific paedophile for decades remains as strong today as it ever was.
I intend on "going public" and escalating my complaint next week and before publishing the first Blog Posting on this subject I will offer you a right of reply by way of a videoed interview.
Neil.(END)

In conclusion I made a complaint, it was not, in my opinion, dealt with adequately and, more disturbing still, I was pressured not to share the full correspondence of that complaint with the licence fee-paying public. From what I can see, this is the kind of cover-up behaviour that got the BBC in hot water in the first place.

I contacted Mr. Gripton again last week, informing him of my intent to publish our correspondence today, and again offering him an opportunity to provide further clarity into the situation. Unfortunately, he did not respond to attempts to revisit the conversation.

I also want to make clear the BBC has never denied its active involvement in questionable Twitter postings and the hate sites mentioned above.

Readers are asked to make up their own minds, after considering the evidence, the online bullying, and the  e-mail exchange above as to whether the BBC, a publicly funded organisation that has vowed to do better, has really learned any lessons from the Jimmy Savile scandal.

At least in Jersey, where Savile abused multiple children, it seems high-level BBC executives, including Mr. Gripton and Ms. Flanagan, have a great deal to answer for.  

26 comments:

  1. The BBC operation in Jersey "went-native" - a very long time ago.

    It could be stated with confidence there is not another regional BBC outfit any where on the planet that is so undisguisedly in the grip of "clientism" as the BBC Jersey operation.

    I guess I too can expect more trolling and abuse from Jon Gripton now he's back on twitter? He likes to say my poetry is crap. Well - maybe it is - maybe it is.

    But even though I'm a mere amateur dabbler, I'm still better at being a poet than he will ever be as a journalist.

    Stuart

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    1. Stuart.

      Surprised you are not Blocked by Mr. Gripton on Twitter. He blocked DEPUTY TREVOR PITMAN, RICO SORDA, SAM MEZEC and myself that I am aware of, are you sure you're not blocked?

      I am aware that Sam Mezec made a complaint about Mr. Gripton, to the BBC Trust, concerning the latter's apparent promotion of a Twitter hate site (mentioned in this Blog). I think the complaint was made some weeks ago and Mr. Mezec has had no reply since, fell on deaf ears, if you like.

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  2. link ''last two months have been a living nightmare''Channel4news

    link itv.com

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  3. Well VFC - should we really be surprised?

    Clearly those good old lessons have not been learnt by the BBC or their employees.

    When are we going to find the courage to refuse to pay our license fees for all this type of C**P that we truly don't want, and a very poor standard of 'professional' behaviour from Mr Gripton and Ms Flanagan.

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    1. It's not a matter of courage, by law no one is obliged to buy a product, it's as simple as that!!! How many more times?

      If the milkman starts leaving bread eggs and milk on your doorstep without your approval, consent, or any contract....Do you owe him anything? NO!!!

      The BBC put out a signal free of charge, just because they put that signal out, are you obliged to pay for it? NO!!!

      If I charge you £20 every time you look at me in the street, are you going to pay me? NO!!!

      Get a flaming grip sheeple....

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  4. Haw Haw Haw, I recognize most of those commenting on the FBook site, it's our sad little twerp of a troll, Jon's Wet Mattress....

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  5. VFC, I just checked at your suggestion. Yes Jon Gripton @griptonfactor has blocked me.

    The man's pathetic.

    One of those typically basically personally inadequate individuals who can be guaranteed to thrive and rise to positions of authority in Jersey.

    Similar - in so many ways - to the Dean Bob Key.

    Will not use their positions of power and influence - to speak-up for the weak and powerless.

    Stuart

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  6. Neil,

    Thank you for chronicling and making me aware of this. I am not really sure what the explanation from the BBC Jersey is, but I realize a news organization is made up of many people and we all make mistakes. Hopefully, Jon and/or Julie will be able to explain to me what happened when I return to the island. Until then, I endeavor to remain open-minded.


    LMG

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    1. Leah.

      If you do get any kind of an explanation please share it with readers on here?

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    1. Thanks for the link which will demonstrate just what Mr. Gripton finds "amusing."

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    2. Alarmed to learn that the "offending tweet" was re-tweeted by BBC politics Jersey

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    3. Just a quick comment to say how disappointed I was to see this from Jon Gripton and The BBC Jersey. Ok, so you expect this kind of hate-filled rubbish from the Jersey Evening Post but with people like Simon jupp at the local BBC I would have expected far better.

      Bad enough for Mr. Gripton to display such prejudice but then to see this site - run by a cowardly, unemployable petty criminal as they know very well - re-tweeted from their flagship 'serious' politics link..incredible and very, very telling. I guess at least we know where we stand now.

      But doubly troubling to see such a cowardly and vicious attitude displayed to women it has to be said. Impartial BBC? I think clearly not. But thanks for highlighting this. Hopefully the local BBC can improve their standards as a result; rather than responding by blocking those complain about the station's behaviour.

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  8. Not only uncalled for, but also most unprofessional from a man in Mr Griptons job.

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  9. The JEP is up to an assortment of it's old tricks again.

    I took the time to respond to the comment reproduced below.
    My response (to follow) WAS published, but then REMOVED several days later

    "Sanity"s comment:
    www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/28/dean-of-jersey-is-reinstated/#comment-279326
    April 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    Saddened Parishioner – or as said on the radio this morning an instant where many people had done everything in their power to help.

    As this case has again highlighted there are far too many people on this Island who are prepared to take advantage of the vulnerable for political gain or to it simply as a weapon of spite towards others. Not every complaint is genuine and it is hard enough for the genuine complainant to come forward as it is without the certain knowledge that Blogland will be jumping in glee and joy. Also such actions simply lump the genuine in with the discredited so how do you think that makes the person feel?

    Maybe if the “saddened”, “concerned” and the rest of the “pretend” activists were as quick to help, find out the facts or simply to listen to a real victim they would quickly come to realise that they are the primary obstacle, not the “Oligarchy”, “Establishment”, “Corrupt Jurate” and the rest of the nonsense offered by those adding to and compounding the abusing of the vulnerable for their own personal, selfish gain.

    ========================


    "Sanity" seems to be a regular Neo-Con on the JEP Troll Zoo website. He qualifies as a Troll because here he is undermining the recent referendum here:

    http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/12/campaigners-spell-out-the-reform-choices/#comment-270633
    and at comments # 6, 8, 9, 16, & 17 all apparently pretending to be a rather manic and inarticulate “Option A” supporter in what appears to be a determined attempt to misrepresent and discredit option A.
    "Sanity" AKA “Option A” is joined by the one man plague of RATs (Random Avatar Trolls), calling itself "Emma" on this occasion

    As if the referendum was not already deeply enough flawed.

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  10. Re. "The JEP is up to an assortment of it's old tricks again"
    My response to "Sanity" (above) WAS published, but then REMOVED by the JEP censors
    www.thisisjersey.com/news/2013/04/28/dean-of-jersey-is-reinstated/#comment-279326

    SUBMITTED April 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm
    TITLE: Manic Streetpreacher


    "I [too] am glad that the Dean has made a full apology". Shame he couldn't have made it two months ago; perhaps his "vanity and pride" stood in the way of his 'care for the vulnerable' ?

    I an also glad the the Dean is going to "co-operate fully with an investigation" ........ THIS TIME

    I too heard the sycophantic drivel on the radio (BBC Jersey), and in the context of "warmth, love and care" a phrase that was used was "loved like a daughter" ............ which really does not sit easily with the issue being about sexual misconduct.

    The Jersey church representative seemed not to mention a few details. My understanding of the overview is that after being "loved" by Jersey's combined church and legal system, the young disabled woman was effectively deported to the UK, with a criminal record, no money and no provision for her immediate care.

    Dumped on the street.

    Feel the love.

    Does the troublesome blogger you mention happen to have been awarded a 'British Empire Medal' ?

    ======================

    I noticed that some other comments critical of our "esteemed" Dean have been removed.
    This JEP thread has been "clensed"
    History has been re-written

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    1. For our overseas readers the JEP is Jersey's only "news"paper that is advertised/promoted by the discredited and disgraced BBC. The BBC gives approximately 25 minutes airtime a week so the equally disgraced JEP can peddle its wears and try to convince BBC State Radio listeners to buy the ONLY "news"paper on the island.

      Not sure who's reputation could suffer the most by the BBC and JEP being in bed with each-other. Does the editor of the JEP, or members of its staff, promote hate-sites?

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  11. It is hard to say which one is worse, but people expect much higher standards from the BBC than the JEP, at least superficially. The JEP may be a sad joke among professional journalists, but it offers little pretense of being unbiased. The BBC once earned an illustrious global reputation, one we overseas readers respected and greatly admired. The sordid details of the BBC's enabling and cover-up of Jimmy Savile's crimes have tarnished that image but the behavior of Jon Gripton and Julie Flanagan are troubling for a different reason. The petty, childish combativeness of Jon Gripton and Julie Flanigan should be intolerable for even the tiniest media organization, even one not under the public microscope as the BBC is now. The fact that neither one of these BBC employees demonstrates any fear of being called to account by their headquarters is unsettling. It could mean the BBC is asleep at the wheel, or so discombobulated it is no longer enforcing its own very basic employee guidelines for social media. Jon Gripton and Julie Flanigan have demonstrated that BBC Jersey does not adhere to elementary journalistic standards for professional manners and even the minimal appearance of political detachment. The scathing books being written now on the BBC's concealment culture would be enhanced by this example of tawdry behavior from their Jersey outpost. And they may well be. Local BBC staff were already known to have concealed knowledge of his visits to the island long after Savile's threats to sue the Sun and other newspapers for "false claims" he had visited any care homes on the island. This will not end well, nor should it.

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  12. As a journalist working in the UK, I find it surprising that VFC is devoting so much time and vitriol to this exchange when the blog has worked so hard on wider issues.

    For the record, Jon Gripton has simply followed the procedures dealing with complaints as laid down in the BBC guidelines.

    The interview given by Leah Goodman to Russia Today is full of inaccuracies, and does disservice to the facts; one hopes that her eventual visit to Jersey gives her the opportunity to debate her findings on the station which she has apparently praised for its journalism.

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    1. Journalist Working in the UK:

      To be clear, I praised a BBC journalist who I believed dealt with obvious political pressures on the island effectively while offering an objective report of why I was banned from entering Jersey for 500 days. (This, while the JEP represented I was not banned at all, which it had to reverse later.) This BBC journalist's report stood out because...well, it was objective. Unfortunately, I hear he will be leaving the island soon, which is too bad. His contributions will be missed and I hope there are more like him in the future.

      I find it surprising you would post opinions anonymously, seeing as you are a journalist.

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  13. Page 20 of yesterdays JEP is a reader survey. You have to see it to believe.

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  14. Recently I have noticed that the @bbcjersey twitter feed has started to include the initials of the journalist who posted the tweet. For example, (VH) is Victoria Harper. It is seen on many tweets, but not all, from what is clearly a twitter account shared by many.

    The question is, is this a new policy imposed by management? Or have the few good journalists at BBC Jersey had enough and decided that they want to disassociate themselves from Gripton et al's behaviour?

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  15. Heard on the radio today two interesting things, first the BBC get £3.6 billion in licence fees, not including the events and money earned from selling programmes overseas.

    The second point being when the inspectors called last time I told them they had no right at all to enter my property but if they did I have a DVD player plugged into my TV and watch news etc by Time delay on my computer. I legally pay no licence fee, it's the law. I feel like this because the Jersey BBC have let down islanders through their rubbish and inaccurate reporting and do not deserve a penny from Jersey residents.

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    1. Well, just take a listen to THIS about the BBC, revealed to us today by Chunkymark the artist taxi driver!!!

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  16. "As a journalist working in the UK, I find it surprising that VFC is devoting so much time and vitriol to this exchange when the blog has worked so hard on wider issues."

    As a victim of Pindown child abuse I am really glad to see VFC homing in on this, and really disgusted that someone who hasn't even the balls to say who they are but pretending to be a journalist has the gall to complain!

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