Niven Sinclair is dead. He abused whilst working for the BBC

Niven Sinclair, serial child abuser, appears to have died recently.

I first heard that it had been announced on the Clan Sinclair chatline that Niven Sinclair has died. [See comments on my post Niven Sinclair – Three times convicted Child Rapist worked for the BBC for 30 years [1] ]

I have also been sent a link to a Priory of Sion webpage, which has an obituary of sorts, and headed by this notice [2]

None of this of course officially confirms his death, but it appears probable.

@mwalkerdine has sent the following information and advice.


If and when someone person dies you normally get buried within weeks unless inquest is done. If inquest is not done then a death certificate would be issued to the family or friends within days after buried etc.

For official confirmation it depends where he died. I contacted Surrey BirthsMarriagesDeaths. So far they don’t have a system in place that tells them who is dead. General Register Office has told me that their database has a 6 months gap from when councils provide the details of people getting born, married or died to be entered on their database.”

So if anyone finds official confirmation or any information, please put in comments below. This can be done anonymously if you wish.

Since I wrote the original Niven Sinclair post [1] almost exactly a year ago, I have been informed by multiple sources that Niven abused young boys whilst working for the BBC, including Panorama. This was obviously suspected, as he was a 3 times convicted multiple child rapist before joining the BBC, but has now been confirmed.

Niven Sinclair was also investigated by Operation Yewtree, which had I not previously realised.

As this is the case, it is almost inconceivable that the BBC did not know that fact. That raises even more questions about the BBC’s conduct – not only about when the abuse was being committed but also recently when they have been less than open about child sexual abuse at the BBC.

I also feel that they were less honest than they should have been in their answers to my Freedom of Information request [3].

For example “We are not aware of any complaint having been made to the BBC about him.”

Maybe but the BBC were surely aware of Operation Yewtree investigating Niven Sinclair, and therefore of abusing whilst working for the BBC. So this BBC comment appears designed to obfuscate and mislead.

Bizarrely, unprecedented in my experience of making FOI requests, the reply also included a statement of BBC spin that they wanted me to put into any story I wrote, – and this in a reply to a FOI request!

Just so that people can judge for themselves the BBC statement that the Ministry of Propaganda and Cover-up of Child Abuse wanted me to publish, I have placed it in Appendix 1. It is of the “all in the past, nothing to see now” variety.

All very shifty, BBC. Shifty. You are still not coming clean.

Furthermore there has been much publicity about Dave Smith, described as Savile’s chauffeur eg Jimmy Savile chauffeur Dave Smith was ‘prolific paedophile’ with 22 convictions Telegraph [25]

In fact my information is that Smith was not Jimmy Savile’s official chauffeur, as Smith actually worked for breakfast television when Frank Bough, Selina Scott and Debbie Greenwood presented it. They incidentally all knew him by name and were all on good terms with him.

I wrote, as conjecture in my last article on Niven –

Which company did Dave Smith, Jimmy Savile’s chauffeur work for? Did he work for Sinclair’s company, or were there two chauffeur companies used by the BBC that had child abusers?  

I can reveal that Dave Smith did work for Niven, for 14 years. Even when he lost his driving licence he was kept on by Niven to work in the office.

So the BBC employed, to chauffeur their employees, clients and guests, Niven Sinclair’s company which was run by and also employed a convicted child rapist.

It is not a valid excuse for the BBC that Niven ran his own company.

  • The BBC must have had many contracts with the 3 times convicted child rapist. The BBC must publish them.
  • How did Niven Sinclair get a job with the BBC straight out of jail?
  • Who got him the job?
  • Why were checks not done? or why or were checks done and no abuse was found? or did checks find abuse but still Niven was still employed?
  • Were MI5 involved in vetting?

I wrote this in bold in my last article on Niven, the second part in bold is even more relevant now.

“If Niven Sinclair has not been identified as a convicted serial child rapist, or has been identified but that fact hidden from the public, the BBC has STILL not learnt the lessons. We still do not understand what went wrong in the BBC.”

This also raises questions about the Janet Smith review. Smith addressed the culture of the BBC at the time of Savile’s offending and she looked into various news articles yet she did not follow up on Dave Smith [25] – a 22 times convicted child abusing chauffeur in a BBC employed company.

Why did she not follow up on Niven Sinclair either? She must have known he was the subject of an Operation Yewtree investigation, and with basic research would have found out he was a 3 times convicted multiple child rapist who had worked for the BBC for 30 years surely worthy of mention in her Review. Did she do that research?

Janet Smith said “I have found no evidence that any one BBC employee above producer level could stand accused of complicity in Savile’s crimes in connection with his work at the BBC” [5]. She cleared the broadcaster as a corporate body of knowing about it. She found “no evidence that a senior BBC employee was complicit in Savile’s crimes”

I am not so sure.  I think there is a great deal more to come out about abuse at the BBC.

I do not know at present what evidence she needed for a “corporate body to know about Savile’s crimes”, nor which positions are considered “above producer level”, nor what Smith might define as “complicity”. I suggest that senior positions may have been let off lightly so far.

If anyone does have more information on Niven or the BBC, please write in comments below, anonymously if you wish or to me in confidence at

HT to the researcher who researched all the original Niven article as well as some of this one.

Copyright Notice

Due to unscrupulous dinosaur corporate churnalists Simon Boyle [@SimonBoyle87], Nick Dorman [@Nick_Dorman] and Alan Selby [@SelbyMirror] stealing my previous post on Niven Sinclair and refusing even to credit me in the Sunday People, I am posting this copyright notice on this post.

This post is copyright and is not to be used by corporate media or journalists to make money or used by anyone if any money is involved. If you would like to contact me beforehand, offer a substantial donation to a survivors charity of my choice, credit this blog and publish this blogs address then an agreement may be forthcoming, depending on the quality of your paper. Rags and toerags need not apply.

If you publish anything before approaching me, the sum demanded will be fifty times that of any settlement beforehand.

Furthermore unless I agree to this information being used, anyone stealing this information will be subject to vigorous naming and shaming, (you may find it relentless), as well as any legal action. You have been warned.

This does not in any way affect the normal sharing of this information and link by survivors or for free by natural persons and entities where no money is involved and on social media.

Appendix 1

BBC Propaganda Statement of the “all in the past, nothing to see now” variety, authored perhaps by a BBC intern with a hangover, perhaps wanting promotion to #FakeNews capital CNN. For translation set automatic translation to “doublespeak” mode.

“The BBC has no dealings with Niven James Sinclair today and as far as we’re able to establish he has no connection to any company the BBC deals with. We are not aware of any complaint having been made to the BBC about him. The BBC has robust child safety procedures in place today which were independently reviewed and found to be strong by the GoodCorporation in 2015, and we’re working with the NSPCC to advise on any further improvements which could be made.” [3] 

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]


[1] 2026 Jul 9 cathy fox blog Niven Sinclair – Three times convicted Child Rapist worked for the BBC for 30 years

[2] date? Priory of Sion webpage

[3] 2016 Jul 9 WDTK Foi to BBC Niven Sinclair, Convicted Child Rapist working for the BBC

[4] 2013 Oct 29 Telegraph Jimmy Savile chauffeur Dave Smith was ‘prolific paedophile’ with 22 convictions

[5] 2016 Feb 26 Press Gazette Dame Janet Smith: ‘Unreliable’ press reports gave ‘misleading’ impression BBC knew about Savile’s crimes

[6] 2012 Oct 1 Daily Mail We were victims of Jimmy Savile: As pressure grows on BBC over ‘cover up’, two women come forward to describe their teenage ordeals at hands of TV host

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21 Responses to Niven Sinclair is dead. He abused whilst working for the BBC

  1. ajmccartan says:

    Interesting to see the Priory of Sion crop up given how closely linked the Sinclair name is to the Knights Templar


    • Mila says:

      You are a malicious and vile person. Leave Niven alone. He was not responsible for whatever Jimmy Saville did and he did not abuse children in any way, shape or form after his release from prison and return to sobriety.


      • Hello Meg Saunders
        How do know he did not abuse anyone after release from jail?
        How do you know he did not keep drinking? You are in Australia, he was in England.
        You at first would not believe he had abused anyone at all, but you now accept that. You are still in denial, it is a shock and people do not like to think that they have been fooled.


      • MatrixFree says:

        He admitted it. He was a friend of mine, and he did admit it in court and to me and others who questioned him about it after we read it here on this very blog. It hurt like hell to know that he had done something as atrocious as this and to know that I spent time with him and vacationed in his home. There’s more to the story than what he was charged with. Let’s not forget Africa, either! Wake up-I did.


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  3. Mila says:

    Niven had nothing to do with the Priory of Sion; nor did he abuse children at any time after his release from jail. Leave the man alone. You’re nothing but a hack and a bully.



    Mila is fulla shita


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  6. David P. Sinclair says:

    Dear All
    It is both shocking and sad to learn in the past Niven Sinclair was convicted of child rape and served time in prison. I am taking this as fact and it all happened many years before my association with Niven. I actually never met Niven and my relationship was through both of us along with others being involved with the Sinclair Trust. Niven was active in all fronts with the history of the Sinclair’s and he established by research much accurate information for the benefit of the many people who were interested, namely many Sinclair’s, myself included.
    I am a family man with children and now grand children and I am sickened with the actions of child abusers. I am a promoter of justice and I am only too pleased to learned justice has been served in cases involving child abuse. Right now I feel I am in free fall mode, as the news about Niven is devastating. “Why” ? you may ask, well I have to say in reply, in my experience, I have never been involved with a nicer and more professional gentleman than Niven Sinclair. I am feeling the sadness he must have created through his wrong doing to innocent young children and I can only hope all the good he did in his later life was done with total remorse.

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