Gambaccini: Met Police are a 'third-rate stasi'

By James Cridland for
Posted 26 October 2016, 12.55am edt

Graham Mack

BBC radio presenter Paul Gambaccini has spoken out about his treatment by the London Metropolitan Police, after he was arrested in October 2013.

Paul was dropped by the BBC after his arrest on allegations that he sexually assaulted two boys and was finally cleared a year later. He talked openly to Graham Mack about what he’d been through on Graham’s online radio show ‘London Calling’.

He described the Metropolitan Police as “A third rate stasi” and said, “Being as fundamentally corrupt as they are from the core, they never admit error, they never apologise to their victims, they never offer restitution…”

When talking about the Met Police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe’s refusal to say Gambaccini’s name when testifying at the Home Affairs Select Committee Paul said, “He is not only the villain of my life, he is the coward of my life”.

Gambaccini was re-instated by the BBC in November 2014 after being suspended for almost a year. Paul has also described the BBC as the "worst employer of all time", and criticised the sacking of fellow presenter Tony Blackburn. Gambaccini now presents Blackburn's former programme, Pick of the Pops.

This week also saw Tony Blackburn re-joining the BBC after DG Tony Hall announced that the Corporation had "parted company" with presenter earlier this year. This "un-parting" means that Blackburn will now be taking over from Desmond Carrington's Friday night programme, as Carrington retires.

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James Cridland — James runs, and is a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. He also publishes a free daily newsletter about podcasting, Podnews, and a weekly radio trends newsletter.

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