Op-Ed: Veteran DJ Tony Blackburn has been sacked by his long-time employer the BBC. His sacking was announced by Tony Hall in response to Dame Janet Smith's publication of her report into historic allegations of sexual and child abuse at the BBC by Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall. The first will never face justice or exoneration as he died in 2011 but the second is serving a jail term after being found guilty in a court of law.
Tony Blackburn does not face similar accusations but rather questions about the accuracy of evidence he gave to the inquiry.
The report clears the BBC and its senior managers.
Three things instantly spring to my mind regarding the Tony Blackburn sacking:
BBC News reports Thursday;
Lord Hall said Dame Janet Smith's inquiry had rejected Mr Blackburn's evidence.
Savile's death led to an extensive police investigation into allegations of abuse. It is just a pity allegations made at the time often by young people were ignored or dismissed.
As survivors went public allegations of abuse spread to include many celebrities and the establishment.
Those seeking justice after making allegations against establishment figures will have to wait a long time to get justice and even then it may be lacking.
Other celebrities and survivors have had their days in court with some people cleared and others such as Max Clifford, Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris jailed. These men have squandered and abused their position but finally justice was served.
Along the way there have been some failed cases. The identity of the accuser remains protected and although it is easy to agree with the police stance as to why surely when an accuser is proved a liar they should be named.
The accused is named publicly almost from day one.
As a teenager of the 60s Tony Blackburn was the wrong side of music for my taste. With age he and I have mellowed and these days I find him less obnoxious. That is a personal slant based on musical tastes back then.
He is something of a legend these days but that could be more than tarnished now.
Blackburn has vowed to fight back and he must.
For too many mud sticks, there is no smoke without fire and all that.
BBC - Jimmy Savile and the BBC: Dame Janet Smith report at a glance
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