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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Dame Janet Smith Review: Key Findings At A Glance

Following the Dame Janet Smith Review's announcement that its official findings will be published within the next six weeks, investigative news website Exaro has published key extracts from a leaked copy of the draft report.

The Sun has very helpfully summarised some of Dame Janet's key findings as follows:
  • Savile abused 45 victims who worked at or visited parts the BBC.
  • The DJ abused staff and children on Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It.
  • Three of Savile's victims were only nine years old.
  • Savile would seize on opportunities to abuse his victims in public places like corridors, staircases and canteens. On at least one occasion, as previously reported, Savile shamelessly abused his victims in front of the camera.
  • There is some evidence a paedophile ring operated at the BBC in the 1970s.
  • Victims were abused in the corridors, canteens, staircases and dressing rooms of every BBC premises he worked in.
  • Stars like Savile were "untouchable" and managers were "above the law".
  • Savile was interviewed by bosses about his interest in young girls but no action was ever taken.
  • Bosses should have heeded a series of interviews with Savile in The Sun where he told of picking up girls.
  • The BBC in the 1970s was dominated by a booze culture and staff feared reporting abuse would damage their careers.
  • The culture of secrecy at the BBC is still so bad that whistleblowers are more scared to come forward today than 40 years ago.
Dame Janet concludes her report with this chilling warning: "Finally, I wish to consider whether it is possible that a predatory child abuser could be lurking undiscovered in the BBC even today.

"The answer is that I think it is possible."

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