Friday, November 25, 2011

interlude- CTV - Covering up the Abuse Investigation








An Interlude before the main posting on Sunday



Below is a letter written by Karin Rankine of Channel Television. She is the Managing Director of CTV Jersey.


The Letter is dated 18th January 2010


This is a letter she wrote to  former Senator Ben Shenton when he was  the Chairman of the Media Working Party.

You should have a good read of this. As you will know, in the UK, the Accredited Media has been dragged over the hot coals for the shameful ethics that they have displayed.  

Is Jersey any different I ask?

This Sunday my attention will turn to CTV  and their  collaboration with D/Supt Mick Gradwell.  Like I have said in my previous posting, and interview, things are to close between high government and our editorial decision makers.  


At the beginning  of September 2009  CTV ran a specially orchestrated three part piece with Mick Gradwell - I will be looking very closely at this and it's links with the infamous piece written by David Rose on the 4th October 2009. This was all  stage managed . It has leaks and all. Oh, plus the odd 20 million shambles headline.


Read the letter below


As someone once said from a prison cell


"YOU JUST COULDN'T MAKE THIS UP"



Rico Sorda


Karen Rankine
Managing Director, Broadcast


Senator Ben Shenton
Chairman, Media Working Party
Morier House
St Helier
Jersey
JE1 1DD


18th January 2010

Dear Ben,

I write in response to the public call for evidence to the Media Working Party’s consultation regarding the way the States communicates with the island’s public.

I am providing information specifically to assist with the question you pose regarding “Who do you believe to be ‘the media’?” which may also be relevant to the subject of blog sites and other information sources.  The comments below are not made with the intention of suggesting or influencing any kind of discrimination between content providers, but to set local existing media organisations within the context of the changing new media landscape.

The island currently supports a range and diversity of what we term ‘traditional’ media, providing comprehensive coverage of news and reflecting all aspects of island life.  The digital revolution has created opportunities for many new ways of information delivery, particularly in an audio-visual form.  The rate of development of these new platforms is rapid and we will undoubtedly see a future media landscape which is very different from today’s, having responded to new trends in the way citizens consume news and information.  An increasing number of online community sites, blog sites and other content sources will unquestionably find their place within society. However the fundamental principles which underpin the delivery of authoritative and credible news are unlikely to change. 

Those principles of quality journalism which encompass accuracy, impartiality, fairness and legal knowledge underpin the role that the ‘traditional’ media plays in our society and is the basis of those news services provided by existing public service broadcasters and which remain highly valued within our society.

The UK Government’s Digital Britain Report published in June 2009 stated that regional news services provide essential public content: “It is important for civic society and democracy for people to have a range of sources of accurate and trustworthy news at all levels…. At the heart of our commitment to UK Media is the Government’s commitment to a free, independent and active press.  Whether at a local, regional or national level it is essential that high quality, independent journalism should continue to thrive and keep UK citizens informed.”

Each year Channel Television commissions independent research which measures television viewing frequency and trends including internet usage.  In the most recent survey carried out by Guernsey-based research company Islands Analysis, in December 2009, respondents were asked about the importance of local broadcast news – 83% stated it was very important or important to have a professionally produced half-hour daily news programme dedicated to the Channel Islands.
Regulation of Channel Television
Many existing media organisations operate within a framework of self-regulation.  Channel Television operates within an environment of statutory regulation, in common with all other UK commercial broadcasters. Our service is regulated by Ofcom, the communications regulator.  We hold a licence to broadcast a regional news service on Channel 3 and the licence carries with it certain statutory obligations as a public service broadcaster.
Those obligations fall into two main categories for the purposes of this consultation response. The first is in terms of the amount and range of programmes provided – Channel Television must meet minimum requirements for the number of hours it broadcasts of news, current affairs and other programmes during each year.  Secondly, those programmes must meet both technical and editorial standards.  The editorial standards are set out in the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, which broadcasters are required to observe under the terms of their licence and which offers protection for viewers and those who may be the subject of our news reporting.  The Code includes areas such as:
  • Harmful or offensive material
  • Impartiality, accuracy and undue prominence of views and opinions
  • Fairness including fair coverage of elections and referendums
  • Privacy
  • Protecting Under 18s
  • Sponsorship rules
  • Commercial references
The Code also ensures that unlike the traditional press, where it is accepted that an editorial stance may be taken on various issues, commercial regional television news must remain entirely impartial.
Complaints can be made to Ofcom by any person or body who considers that a broadcaster has failed to comply with a relevant requirement and if it is found that the Broadcasting Code has been breached, Ofcom has the power to impose financial sanctions or may, in the most extreme case, revoke a broadcaster’s licence.
So while the internet has challenged the idea of journalism, the need for in-depth research and reporting does not disappear. Our role as a public service broadcaster carries with it responsibilities to our viewers and to those involved in our reporting.  And it is those responsibilities which distinguish our service from certain new types of ‘citizen media’ or blog sites that we see emerging at both a national and a local level.

I hope these comments assist the work of your working party.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries or require further information.

With kind regards.


Yours sincerely,



Karen Rankine

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very illuminating.
It might be an idea to refer this back to Mrs Rankine with a question. The question is whether, in the light of subsequent developments, she can honestly say that her previous statements hold good.
You might also ask her to provide some examples of how the following has been complied with -
"The Code also ensures that unlike the traditional press, where it is accepted that an editorial stance may be taken on various issues, commercial regional television news must remain entirely impartial."
The answer to this question could be interesting but will most definitely not be straightforward and honest!

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

"So while the internet has challenged the idea of journalism, the need for in-depth research and reporting does not disappear. Our role as a public service broadcaster carries with it responsibilities to our viewers and to those involved in our reporting. And it is those responsibilities which distinguish our service from certain new types of ‘citizen media’ or blog sites that we see emerging at both a national and a local level."

PRICELESS

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

Mick Gradwell and the MEDIA

voiceforchildren said...

Rico.

Two Channel Television Reporters "DIDN'T HEAR IT"

Anonymous said...

Am I right assuming Chris Bright submitted something equally as embarrassing to that daft panel headed up by Shenton?

Anonymous said...

Rico, CTV are a disgrace along with the rest of the island's state media. Bloggers are the future in Jersey.

rico sorda said...

I have sent the below email to CTV. This is ahead of my Sunday posting. The reason i'm posting it hear is so you the readers can keep in the loop oas to what's going on. As I have always said "don't be afraid to ask the questions"


From: rico sorda
Subject: Mick Gradwell
To: news@channeltv.co.uk
Date: Friday, 25 November, 2011, 17:31

Dear CTV

As you may be aware i'm investigating the Jersey Child Abuse Cover-up and your station features heavily in this. My main concern at this present time is the interview you did with D/Supt Mick Gradwell in early September 2009. This interview went over 3 specials from the 1st to the 7th Septeber 2009. Could you please confirm to me that it was in fact CTV that interviewed Mick Gradwell. The reason for asking this is very straight forward. The guests normally get 30 seconds on the couch but this had a totally different feel. I have also noted the the voice of the person conducting the interview has been removed. I want to clear this up ASAP. The reason I ask is that I believe the States Communication Unit conducted the Interview and you just aired it.

Child Abuse and the Covering Up of said Abuse is abhorrent.

I look forward to your prompt reply

Kind Regards

Rico Sorda

Anonymous said...

Rico,

You continue to astonish with your investigative skills. By sharing ownership of the party line with CTV, the JEP and BBC Jersey, some powerful people thought they had their tracks covered. Thank you for all you do in the name of what is right in journalism.

Anonymous said...

The reason I ask is that I believe the States Communication Unit conducted the Interview and you just aired it.

I this is correct then would we be correct in assuming that a States department may have paid CTV to do this.

GeeGee said...

•Impartiality, accuracy and undue prominence of views and opinions

Well, this jumped out at me straight away as a clear breach of the Ofcom code, and in particular CTV's 'award winning' report on the
expenses (non) scandal.

Hoisted by their own petard.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

Rico, CTV are a disgrace along with the rest of the island's state media. Bloggers are the future in Jersey."

Wrong.

Bloggers are the NOW.

Zoompad said...

" The guests normally get 30 seconds on the couch but this had a totally different feel. I have also noted the the voice of the person conducting the interview has been removed."

WELL SPOTTED! Rico, you are a star!!!!!

I want to urge everyone, whistleblowers, concerned politicians, survivors of abuse, everyone who is interested in clearing up this mess and bringing people who abuse little children to justice to do as Rico is doing - use your brains. Please, read through these things and look for answers.

Rico isn't Superman, he's just an ordinary guy using what he has, his eyes and mind and taking so much time to read this stuff. We can all do the same, even us who have been abused.

I put stuff on my kindle and listen to it while I am doing the washing up ect. Please, just do what you can, lets get some answers to who has done what, and why. We can all do this!

rico sorda said...

What really concerns me about the 3 part CTV special with Mick Gradwell is the complete lack of any challenge.

Mick is sitting there with his Sunday best on shooting from hip. We don't hear the person interviewing him. It's little things like this that get my attention. This is how the whole BDO review came about. I spotted something then asked the question.

When the Cover-up started back in 2008 they thought it would be easy. No one ever asked any questions. Well, someone did and he is in prison. Others, like myself started investigating. We started asking questions. Remember how ILM wanted Warcup as Chief of Police. Remember how ILM said it was terrible how Graham Power let Lenny Harper out of control "an incompetent maverick" well what the hell was going on between Warcup and Gradwell? I swear you couldn't make this up.

What I do is very simple.

I just look at it and put it together in the very limited free time that I have. I do this because i'm sick of the way the Abuse Survivors have and continue to be treated. It is a disgrace. It must stop and will stop.

I want to give evidence at the Committee of Enquiry

I want to explain just what this Jersey Toxic Media did.

I want the COE to discover why they did it.


Lets be under no illusion here. The reason our rulers don't want the "COE" has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with evidence. I know, im 100% certain that this is the reason. Why do you think they even tried not to have one even after it was passed in the states. They are sh&tting there pants. They have abused a former Senator. They know that his juggernaut is coming down the tracks. What happens when the "COE" says his evidence was on the money. Think about these things. I do.

Our rulers arn't hard to work out

They ruled with Fear

Show them no fear

rs

rico sorda said...

What really concerns me about the 3 part CTV special with Mick Gradwell is the complete lack of any challenge.

Mick is sitting there with his Sunday best on shooting from hip. We don't hear the person interviewing him. It's little things like this that get my attention. This is how the whole BDO review came about. I spotted something then asked the question.

When the Cover-up started back in 2008 they thought it would be easy. No one ever asked any questions. Well, someone did and he is in prison. Others, like myself started investigating. We started asking questions. Remember how ILM wanted Warcup as Chief of Police. Remember how ILM said it was terrible how Graham Power let Lenny Harper out of control "an incompetent maverick" well what the hell was going on between Warcup and Gradwell? I swear you couldn't make this up.

What I do is very simple.

I just look at it and put it together in the very limited free time that I have. I do this because i'm sick of the way the Abuse Survivors have and continue to be treated. It is a disgrace. It must stop and will stop.

I want to give evidence at the Committee of Enquiry

I want to explain just what this Jersey Toxic Media did.

I want the COE to discover why they did it.


Lets be under no illusion here. The reason our rulers don't want the "COE" has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with evidence. I know, im 100% certain that this is the reason. Why do you think they even tried not to have one even after it was passed in the states. They are sh&tting there pants. They have abused a former Senator. They know that his juggernaut is coming down the tracks. What happens when the "COE" says his evidence was on the money. Think about these things. I do.

Our rulers arn't hard to work out

They ruled with Fear

Show them no fear

rs

rico sorda said...

STEEL MAGNOLIA

I have also reposted your comment here. There is something you say that has come on the radar. Thank you for posting. It has got me very curious.

*************************************************

"Thank -you Voice For Children.

Rico , good morning.

I know you have found nothing to implicate Jimmy Savile and the allegations against him in Jersey but have you found anything on the allegations that swirl around Ted Heath (Mr.Eddy) is it possible Jimmy may have used his position, his closeness with young boys to pimp for Ted Heath?

http://thedisclosureproject-steelmagnolia.blogspot.com/2011/11/pm-ted-heath-and-young-boys.html

Three child abuse homes and Ted Heath's name pops up in all three of them.

May be nothing but the press continue to print his name Saville surely they know it is Savile ?

I am looking further into this if I find anything of interest will let you know.

Have a good week-end. xx

Anonymous said...

I note that when J Saville was buried , his casket was covered in concrete when put into the grave.
Is this to stop the occupant from waking up and escaping or to prevent someone obtaining access to the corpse?


The Beano is not the Rag

Apols if this is taking the thread too far off track.

Anonymous said...

Has Channel Television replied to your email yet?

rico sorda said...

No nothing yet.

Im in the process of writing tomorrows posting. I hope to have it up online sometime in the afternoon.

rs

SteelMagnolia said...

Rico, Ted Heath was warned back in the 50's to stop cottaging as it would ruin his career. The article only by the Daily FAIL but read on, there are one or two snippets that also are of interest. I still believe and have done for quite sometime now that there is an elite paedophile ring high up in Goverment.Hence the McCann cover-up and Maddies parents obsession with paedophiles !

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-450412/Ted-Heath-stopped-cottaging-gay-sex-protect-career-says-Tory-MP.html

I have searched and searched and there is not one image of Jimmy with Mr.Eddy if he was his pimp they would have taken great care never to have been seen together. My thoughts, Jimmy in Jersey and Ted Heaths boat moored alongside ' waiting'...Mr.Eddy kept a low profile therefore he would have needed a pimp and who better than Jimmy Fixing It...will leave this in your very capable hands Rico.

I believe you are going to do something on Martin Grime and his cadaver dog Eddie ? have some info for you before you do that may be of interest.

SteelMagnolia said...

http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/radio1/theme_tunes.htm

Something or nothing Rico ? scroll down and this time Jimmy Savile, his name spelt correctly and what would this be, a song ? The man I love Ted Heath ?...I have not tried to enter but keep these links they may be of help in the future.

rico sorda said...

Steel Magnolia

I will be doing a posting on Martin Grime very soon. Any information you want to send is fine by me. You can do that on the comment section just write not for publication on the top.

Heath & Jimmy

I find it interesting stuff

Heath - now that's a name

rs

Anonymous said...

Rico.

There is no reason for Channel Television not to answer your email.

They (CTV) can only answer yes or no to your perfectly straight forward question.

And realistically they can only answer yes or no to your perfectly feasible allegation.

Anonymous said...

Rico

Your comment at 10:27 perfectly captures what this is all about. Well said, Sir. Well said.

Denver Gals

Anonymous said...

Do you know if Matt Tripp had a role in the CTV interview, the "award winning coverage," or in the award itself?

Chelloise

Anonymous said...

"SteelMagnolia said...

http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/radio1/theme_tunes.htm

Something or nothing Rico ? scroll down and this time Jimmy Savile, his name spelt correctly and what would this be, a song ? The man I love Ted Heath ?...I have not tried to enter but keep these links they may be of help in the future."

That's the Ted Heath Orchestra, very busy on British TV in the 1970s, nothing to do with Ted Heath the politician.

SteelMagnolia said...

OK Rico will do. I will also put you in touch with a very reliable journalist who has more info than I on Martin Grime.

Now lets move on to the 'Papal Knight ' connection , Jimmy Savile also a had a Papal Knighthood...ALL are The Knights of Malta. By June 22nd 2007, there were no less than eleven sightings of Madeleine in Malta !


Take a look at these images...a devils fest no !

http://themurdochempireanditsnestofvipers.blogspot.com/2011/09/murdoch-blair-and-papal-knighthoods.html

Anonymous said...

Do you know if Matt Tripp had a role in the CTV interview, the "award winning coverage," or in the award itself?

One could almost believe he was the script writer.

rico sorda said...

I will be dealing with Matt Tapp in a later posting. At this stage im ruling nothing out. I have uncovered enough to know anything is possible.

Tapp's work has taken on a biblical status. Even Judge Pritchers was quoting it like it was gospel - and that was the judge.

rs