Been quite a challenging week for Radio 1, what with Savile, Everett - and now Liz Kershaw. Some tales revealing aspects of life at the BBC that Auntie seems shocked to hear.
In the case of Liz, was I present? I worked at R1 from 75-78, 82-84, 86-88. Notice the short bursts, rather than a fully-fledged career. I knew Liz - in fact I worked with her before she joined the station, making a BT chart rundown telephone service every week. And I was also around when she joined the station.
I don't know which of the schoolboys stuck his hands where they shouldn't be. And, frankly, I don't know why Liz can't name him. But if this "trick" happened, it was a specific case. In her R4 Today interview she goes on to imply that it was a more general practice.
It wasn't. I simply don't recognise the culture she describes. R1 was staffed by (mainly) fun people from both sexes (if that matters) and what went on was no different to any other institution or workplace. We had straights, gays, closets, tarts, tramps and even the occasional vicar. But, strangely enough, we had people who worked hard at being professional.
If anything, R1 was more camp than predatory. If someone has that picture of me at a Radio 1 Week dressed as Tina Turner, please let me know. (That very day I had been racing trucks at Brands Hatch with Barry Sheene....). Any chance that some of my male colleagues had to put on lipstick and tight clothes as "entertainment", they took it.
Liz says it was like a rugby club. No - it was like a comprehensive school. A uni. A college. Liz - it was life.
Times, as she said in the interview, change. 2012 is a very different world to 1987. And better for it.
However, my English master (grammar school, btw) told me something I've never forgotten. It is wrong to generalise from the particular.
Liz - you're guilty of that.