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English media personality who was well known in the United Kingdom for his eccentricities and, at the time of his death, was generally respected for his charitable work. Giving Victims a Voice, was published on 11 January 2013. Much of Savile’s career involved working with children and young people, including visiting schools and hospital wards. He spent 20 years presenting Top of the Pops before a teenage audience, and an overlapping 20 years presenting Jim’ll Fix It, in which he helped the wishes of viewers, mainly children, come true.
The scandal was a major factor leading to the establishment of the wider-ranging Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which was announced by then-Home Secretary Theresa May in July 2014. Jimmy Savile claimed the key to his success on Jim’ll Fix It had been that he disliked children, although he later admitted to saying it to deflect scrutiny of his private life. He did not own a computer as, he claimed, he did not want people to think he was downloading child pornography. I know the people they love, the stars I am of no interest to them. In April 2000, Savile was the subject of an in-depth documentary by Louis Theroux, in the When Louis Met series.
In it, Theroux asked about rumours he was a paedophile. And it’s easier for me, as a single man, to say “I don’t like children” because that puts a lot of salacious tabloid people off the hunt. How do they know whether I am or not? How does anybody know whether I am? Nobody knows whether I am or not. Broadcaster and journalist Orla Barry, on the Irish radio station Newstalk in 2007, asked Savile about allegations aired during the original Theroux documentary. When asked about the paedophilia rumours, Savile responded, “What rumours?
In March 2008, Savile started legal proceedings against The Sun newspaper, which had linked him in several articles to child abuse at the Jersey children’s home Haut de la Garenne. Savile died on 29 October 2011, aged 84. At the time of his death and the funeral in Leeds Cathedral, he was widely praised for his charity and voluntary activities as well as his entertainment work. Immediately after Savile’s death, Meirion Jones and Liz Mackean from the BBC programme Newsnight began to investigate reports that he had sexually abused children. In January 2012, the Sunday Mirror reported that Newsnight had investigated allegations of sexual abuse immediately after Savile’s death but that the report had been shelved. In October 2013, the transcript of Surrey Police’s interview with Savile in 2009 was published after a request under the Freedom of information Act. Savile denied the sexual abuse allegations relating to Duncroft Approved School put to him by the police, saying, “I’ve never, ever done anything wrong” and stating that the accusers wanted a “few quid”.
An ITV documentary, Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, was broadcast on 3 October 2012. It was researched and presented by Mark Williams-Thomas, a former police investigator who had been involved in the shelved Newsnight investigation. Several women interviewed by Exposure said that, as teenagers, they had been sexually abused by Savile. An update to the original documentary, Exposure Update: The Jimmy Savile Investigation, was shown on ITV on 21 November. It won a Peabody Award in 2012. Newspaper reports claimed Douglas Muggeridge, controller of BBC Radio 1 in the early 1970s, was aware of allegations against Savile, and asked for a report in 1973.
On 8 October, the Director-General of the BBC, George Entwistle, apologised for what had happened and said further internal investigations would take place. The BBC was criticised in Parliament for its handling of the affair. Harriet Harman said the allegations “cast a stain” on the corporation. On 16 October, the BBC appointed heads of two inquiries into events surrounding Savile. A Panorama investigation into the BBC’s actions was broadcast on 22 October 2012. Entwistle declined to be interviewed, citing legal advice that BBC senior management should co-operate only with the police, the BBC’s reviews and Parliament. Why did Jimmy Savile go to hospitals?
Gambaccini claimed that Savile bribed the police. The report by Pollard into the BBC’s handling of the affair was published on 19 December 2012. It concluded that the decision to drop the Newsnight report on the allegations against Savile in December 2011 was “flawed”, but that it had not been done to protect the Savile tribute programmes. Jones, who first broke the scandal, was terminated from the BBC in February 2015. Mackean, who was also involved in the Newsnight report, left the BBC in early 2013, and stated, “When the Savile scandal broke, the BBC tried to smear my reputation. The review was published 25 February 2016.