Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Jimmy Savile Reviews

Dear Colleagues,

As you will know the BBC has launched two independent reviews into issues surrounding the Jimmy Savile case, and George has indicated his intention to set up a third strand of work looking into more general claims and processes about sexual harassment in the corporation.

Due to the coverage, understandably people are coming forward to report instances in all three areas. To ensure we can respond appropriately, or pass material into the reviews, we need to capture all relevant information.

As a supplier of BBC programmes, you may be contacted by members of the public, your teams, or contributors, either in connection with your BBC productions or previous experiences on other BBC programmes. If that happens, we would ask you to pass on that information to the BBC. Of course, if the allegations relate to suspected criminal activity these should be brought to the attention of the police in the first instance.

We would ask that you pass any information on to your usual, or most frequent,Commissioning Executive. They in turn will be able to pass the information on to the BBC investigations team or HR, depending on the nature of the claim.

If anyone wishes to remain anonymous, we would ask that you pass on a summary of the allegation, without compromising their anonymity. For those that are willing to be contacted please take their contact details, along with the nature of their allegation.

This covers allegations from either a victim or witness to any form of abuse or harassment involving anyone working on a BBC production, either on or off screen.

This does not affect your editorial coverage of any issues arising from this case. It is simply an information request.

If you feel more comfortable passing on the information directly you can do so as follows:

Contact details: ·
Vision HR lead is Deb Brewer: Call 020 800 83715 during office hours or email ·

BBC Investigations Unit - Call 020 8752 4168 during office hours or email: ·

For general comments about the BBCs handling of this matter, please refer members of the public to the BBCs Audience Services team.

I would like to emphasise that the BBC is committed to support victims of abuse and sexual harassment; will co-operate fully with the police investigation; and ensure allegations of inappropriate behaviour from current employees is fully investigated, and dealt with as necessary.

If you have any further questions please dont hesitate to get in touch with me. Please can you pass this request on to your teams.

Kind regards,

Emma Swain
Controller Knowledge Commissioning, BBCTV
Rm 6060 BBC Television Centre | Wood Lane
W12 7RJ

Tel: 020 8576 7138