She was the first to interview the victims of the multiple child molester and BBC star Jimmy Savile. Now the investigator-journalist Liz MacKean died at the age of 52.
MacKean worked for the BBC for 20 years and had a reputation of an intrepid investigative reporter. According to her own data, she voluntarily left the BBC in 2013 – two years after the station developed into a “hostile environment” for herself, according to “Independent” in 2016. The board then decided to ban her courageous and groundbreaking investigation into Savile in order to protect him and other pedophiles.
Savile’s death – and the revelations after that
At the end of October 2011, Savile died, a longtime BBC host. He was an eccentric and after his death came out the truth about the sexual abuse to at least 500 children, adults and he even had sex with dead bodies! How revolting it is to hear this, and to think BBC even tried to cover it up!
Numerous victims came to the public speaking about the shocking personality of the molester. Liz MacKean and Meirion Jones, the producer of the Newsnight program, began interviewing Savile’s victims.
The BBC refused the show
When the explosive broadcast was ready, the BBC decided not to air it. Instead, Savile’s memorable portraits were taken and the allegation of the cover-up against the BBC followed. The London Press Club awarded MacKean’s revelation with the Scoop of the Year.
In 2016, the BBC finally broadcasted a 90-minute documentary with Savile’s victims. At this time, Scotland Yard called Savile the “worst sex offender in the history of the country”. Never before have there been so many allegations of sexual abuse against a single person in British criminal history.
Dismissed by the establishment as crazy and dangerous, MacKean finally found vindication as the truth about Savile’s pedophilia finally came out in 2012, a whole year after she first tried to reveal his infamous crimes.
The BBC, which prevented her breakthrough investigation being aired and spent the following years destroying her reputation, reported that she died of “complications from a stroke”.
MacKean acknowledged that her life was under a threat during her research on Savile and the BBC elite, but she also said that she saw it as her duty to investigate the truth and expose the system of pedophiles.
When it became known that BBC News prevented the broadcast of her investigation, she admitted to Panorama: “I was very unhappy the story didn’t run because I felt we’d spoken to people who collectively deserved to be heard. And they weren’t heard.
“I thought that that was a failure… I felt we had a responsibility towards them. We got them to talk to us, but above all, we did believe them. And so then, for their stories not to be heard, I felt very bad about that. I felt, very much, that I’d let them down.”
Big name stars
Another high-profile BBC reporter had also died in suspicious circumstances after trying to uncover the truth about the pedophile culture in BBC. Jill Dando, former hostess of Crimewatch, also tried to warn her bosses about the pedophile ring at the BBC.
Jill Dando, aged 37, was shot in front of her home in West London on April 26, 1999, a crime that remains unresolved today.
Before her death, Dando passed a file to the management in the mid-1990s, which proved that BBC big name stars, including Savile, were involved in a pedophile ring, but the management decided to cover up the child abuse instead of organizing an investigation.
“No one wanted to know” when Dando expressed her concern about the suspected ring and other allegations of sexual abuse in the BBC, according to a former colleague and friend of hers.
“I don’t recall the names of all the stars now and don’t want to implicate anyone, but Jill said they were surprisingly big names.
“I think she was quite shocked when told about images of children and that information on how to join this horrible paedophile ring was freely available.
“Jill said others had complained to her about sexual matters and that some female workmates also claimed they had been groped or assaulted.
“Nothing had been done and there seemed to be a policy of turning a blind eye.”
Though it’s disheartening for all of us to read about cases like these that involve pedophilia cover up, it’s inspiring to hear of brave journalists who came forward to uncover these truths.
Liz MacKean was certainly one of those journalists. She deserves to be honored and remembered, for addressing social issues that need the public’s major attention. We cannot allow another case like this to happen ever again!