BBC uses licence fee cash to 'gag its staff': Broadcaster accused of
'corporate bullying' in bid to buy the silence of alleged sexual harassment
Up to 20 former staff made to sign contracts to stop them whistleblowing
They thought they could not give evidence to inquiry because of clauses
BBC insists no one is barred from giving evidence, despite agreements
Countryfile's Miriam O'Reilly said use of gagging clauses is 'insidious'
By Sam Greenhill and Paul Revoir
2 March 2013
The BBC was accused of 'corporate bullying' last night after spending
licence-payers' cash to buy the silence of up to 20 alleged harassment victims.
The gagging orders threaten to make a mockery of an inquiry set up in the
wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal to uncover the depths of sexual harassment
at the corporation.
Up to 20 former staff – all of whom claim to have been victims of bullying
or sexual harassment – believed they had effectively been banned from
giving evidence to the internal review.
Each had been paid off and made to sign contracts to stop them turning
The absurd situation could mean licence-payers funding an expensive
inquiry on the one hand, only for potential witnesses to think they cannot give
The inquiry, overseen by human rights lawyer Dinah Rose QC, is expected to
report next month.
In another twist, a lawyer last night claimed a further 'two dozen' BBC
women – some of them famous names – have come forward in the past week
complaining of sexual discrimination, bullying or harassment.
Ann Olivarius, said there was 'a culture full of male bias at the BBC'.
Following a talk she gave to 150 women in the arts, two dozen 'talked about
sexual discrimination and about bullying and inappropriate sexual
The BBC insists no one has been barred from giving evidence, despite any
previous agreements which may have been signed....
Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Satanic Thrill Kill March 4, 2013
Hayward, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A Wisconsin man will spend the rest of his
life in prison for his part in a brutal murder in 2009.
30-year-old Christopher Roalson was shown no mercy for what authorities
dubbed a "thrill kill" with satanic overtones. A jury found Roalson guilty
of stabbing 93-year-old Irena Roszak to death over three year ago in
Raddison, Wisconsin. Just minutes to his sentencing on Monday, he still denies
taking part in the murder, blaming Austin Davis for the murder. "I'm very
sorry about what happened to Ms. Roszak and I know that she didn't deserve
that but that was not the intent that night. Our intent was only to go out and
commit a burglary," said Roalson at his sentencing hearing. Burnett County
Judge Kenneth Kutz didn't buy Roalson's plead for leniency.
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