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850 BBC staff complain of bullying and sexual harassment, crimes not reported

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    also: Shame of theft, fraud and under-age sex at the BBC: Dossier reveals crimes that have never been reported to police 850 BBC staff complain of bullying
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2013
      also: Shame of 'theft, fraud and under-age sex' at the BBC: Dossier reveals crimes that have never been reported to police

      850 BBC staff complain of bullying and sexual harassment in wake of Savile scandal
          Hundreds of BBC employees contact consultants as part of internal inquiry
          Accusations involve harassment, sexual harassment and bullying
          One senior BBC executive believed to be subject of more than 20 complaints
      By Simon Cable 1 April 2013

      More than 850 BBC employees have come forward to raise concerns about bullying and sexual harassment at the corporation, it has emerged.

      The staff members have contacted private consultants brought in by the BBC as part of an internal inquiry set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

      The Rose Review, overseen by human rights lawyer Dinah Rose QC, was launched last October following a wave of damaging claims from female presenters including Liz Kershaw and Sandi Toksvig who said they were routinely groped while working for the BBC.

      Staff were asked to detail their experiences under a guarantee of anonymity, while one-to-one sessions have also taken place between BBC staff members and an outside company, Change Associates.

      It is believed that one senior BBC executive is the subject of more than 20 complaints of bullying....

      Among the hundreds who came forward to the enquiry, up to 20 former employees initially thought they would not be give evidence because they been paid off and made to sign contracts to stop them turning whistleblower.

      Gagging clauses are typically part of ‘compromise agreements’ signed when an employee agrees to drop an employment tribunal claim in return for a pay-off.

      However, it is understood that, following negotiations, their evidence was eventually allowed to go forward.

      The BBC insists no-one has been barred from giving evidence, despite any previous agreements which may have been signed....


      Shame of 'theft, fraud and under-age sex' at the BBC: Dossier reveals crimes that have never been reported to police
          Dossier spanning four years show many crimes never reported to the police
          High number of suspects in the 500 crimes a year were BBC employees
      By Paul Revoir and Christian Gysin
      1 April 2013

      BBC staff are suspected of  a catalogue of crimes at work – many of which have never been reported to police.

      A dossier spanning four years shows theft and fraud allegations running at more than 500 a year.

      A significant number of the suspects were employees at the broadcaster.

      Documents also reveal allegations of sexual or indecent assault, as well as incidents of suspected drug use.

      Thefts of TVs, radios, iPhones, Blackberry devices and computers from BBC staff were endemic.

      In one instance, an employee was accused of having under-age sex while on assignment. Because the allegation could not be proved, the log showed the staffer was given only a warning.

      This allegation, like many others, was not passed on to police for further investigation because the BBC’s internal investigations service – which employs former police officers – decided it could not be substantiated.

      The disclosures follow the Jimmy Savile revelations which saw the corporation accused of turning a blind eye to decades of sex abuse by the presenter....

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