Dominic Crossley-Holland was, until recently, ITV's Controller of Current Affairs, Arts and Religion, he commissioned and oversaw, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, political and religious programming, the South Bank Show and the Rageh Omar's documentaries and real Crime.
Previously with ITN for many years he had a short life at ITV and joined the Exodus when Simon Shaps arrived in September as Director of TV ...controller of entertainment Claudia Rosencrantz; director of programmes Nigel Pickard; editorof daytime Nick Thorogood; head of drama Jenny Reeks; controller of comedy Sioned Wiliam; controller of factual Bridget Boseley, controller of acquisitions Jeremy Boulton…
Now Dominc is at the BBC (since September) and he is the Commissioning Editor for the Conspiracy Files, and cannot be considered a BBC patsy - Guy Smith who produced last week's 9/11 Files very evidently is.
This week Marc Sigsworth produced the David Kelly "Conspiracy Files" episode - he also directed - ‘Are Muslims hated?’ – a 1/2-hour controversial first programme in Channel 4’s current affairs strand presented by journalist Kenan Malik exploding the myth of Islamaphobia. (Mentorn / Raw, for Channel 4) . , A bluff no nonsense, articulate, Yorkshireman Marc is an independent producer and again is no BBC patsy.
Wilst some of the people who believed Dr David Kelly was killed and did not commit suicide, were shown as slightly dishevelled, odd perhaps, some were evidently fair minded professionals anxious for a proper and considered enquiry.
Above all the startlingly beautiful, lustrous eyed Rowena Thursby (with a natty line in dramatic hats) with whom Lord Patel has corresponded frequently, comes across as one of those determined, truthful, shiningly honest people - Bridget Dunne is another - who like a terrier will worry the Truth out (one hopes) eventually.
What we know so far...
Briefly, Kelly was a spy, he used UN cover (which is illegal under the Charter) to spy on Saddam. He was a successful spy. He did not bump into Gilligan by accident. He did not telephone Susan Watts by accident. What he said to both was was considered, and had been considered in his pre-meeting brief in a room overlooking Horse Guards Parade.The results of his conversation would have been passed onwards and upwards as all such meetings are.
He was compromised for reasons which are still unclear, by ruthless people at No 10, the Purple Puzzle Palace and members of the Dame Pauline Neville Jones Fan Club. He was taken quietly aside and and Mr Scarlett in the Conservatory with the lead pipe asked the awkward questions, (metaphorically) ... not personally ...you understand.
Kelly knew more than we know, and now will never know. His silence was the motive. The opportunity arose, .... perhaps that walk was a regular meeting place for contacts, the method was one of several subtle injectable routes, the evidence left, was to conceal and confuse....leaving Hutton (who did a splendid job in not asking the right questions in NI - whilst the State paid terrists to murder) to throw sand in our eyes....with a litle help from his friends.
The perpetrators would have been out of the country in hours ...Brize Norton is close by. They will not be traceable, their origins would be external, FFL, Kosovan (see Anna Lindh).
An enquiry would tell us little else. No one except Mr Baker wants to start the dogs barking.
The caravan moves on.