BBC missed opportunities to stop sexual predator Jimmy Savile, inquiry finds
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Los Angeles Times/Associated Press
Posted: March 7th, 2016
An investigation into the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal cleared the BBC of wrongdoing Thursday, even as it painted a damning portrait of an institution where employees were afraid to raise even serious concerns about sexual misconduct for fear of upsetting celebrity talent or making the corporation look bad. Savile, a BBC television presenter and popular charity figure who died in October 2011, is believed to be one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, often targeting minors. Celebrities were treated with kid gloves and were virtually untouchable, said Janet Smith, a former Court of Appeal judge who conducted the inquiry, describing a BBC culture of not wanting to rock the boat. Smith said 117 people at the BBC admitted they had heard rumors about Savile, who abused victims on BBC premises, including the venues where his programs Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It were shot. Smith's review said the Savile abuse incidents dated all the way back to 1959. She identified 72 victims of Savile, both male and female. One was only 8 years old. But girls who raised concerns about Savile were treated as a nuisance. In one case in 1969, a girl who was molested on the Top of the Pops program while standing next to Savile on the podium was ejected from the building. The inquiry also concluded that another BBC star, sports presenter Stuart Hall, 86, also used his celebrity to shield his activities, often plying his victims with alcohol. The Hall investigation ... found 21 victims.
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