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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Jimmy Savile Allegations

On Wednesday night ITV broadcast "Exposure - The Other Side of Jimmy Savile", which exposed the former BBC presenter's attraction towards young teenage girls.

The 50-minute programme, which can be legally viewed without a TV licence using ITV Player, includes several interviews with Savile's alleged victims. The women, now in aged in their 40s and 50s, had been wowed by Savile's stardom. Many had attended BBC Television Centre to appear in his programmes or as members of the audience. They claimed to have been lured back to the star's dressing room and sexually assaulted. Only now, with Savile's cold dead body encased in concrete, do they feel brave enough to share their experiences with the wider world.

The programme featured several former media types, some of whom had worked with Savile at the time he was committing these wicked acts, claiming to have observed his deviant behaviour towards young girls. The BBC stands accused that they knew about Savile's disgusting behaviour but turned a blind eye.

Today's Daily Mail leads with the front page headline: "Was there a sex ring inside BBC?"

The lead article continues: "The Mail has been told that a BBC employee was allegedly given the task of procuring girls for the presenter and other men to molest".

A comment piece titled "BBC Shame" in yesterday's The Sun said: "The picture that emerges is one where BBC bosses looked the other way while paedophile Savile used his celebrity to rape and molest young girls in BBC dressing rooms".

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme former Radio 1 DJ Liz Kershaw, who still works as a presenter for BBC Radio, said: "Round Radio 1 everyone joked about Jimmy Savile and young girls. The main jokes were about his adventures on the Radio 1 Roadshow. It was massive then.

"It was rather like the X Factor going round the country then. Can you imagine the X Factor judges rounding up the contestants and asking for sexual favours after the show?"

The BBC maintains that there is no evidence to suggest that Savile, or anyone else, abused young girls in their employment or on their premises.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We are shocked by allegations that anything of this sort could have been carried out by anyone working for the BBC. They are allegations which the police have the proper powers to investigate. We would encourage anyone with information on such issues to also speak to the police."

If the BBC did know that Jimmy Savile was routinely grooming and molesting young girls then you wouldn't expect them to issue anything but a denial - it would be like turkeys voting for Christmas if they didn't.

The fact that Britain's largest daily newspapers are leading with speculation that Savile's sexual abuse was an open BBC secret makes Zarin Patel's alleged tax advice pale into insignificance. If the whole BBC sex ring allegation is proven then the BBC will be a much worse position than News International were after the phone hacking scandal.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now that an increasing number of political figures (both past and present) have been drawn into the net doesn't it become a lot clearer what the licence fee is for? A licence to abuse. And the protection is receives has allowed then to behave with appallingly with unimaginable amounts of public money. No wonder they felt invulnerable. It's time to stop the cash flow and stop the abuse, propaganda and lies.