Wednesday, 8 July 2015

BBC failed to realise what was happening 15 years ago

"Dame Janet Smith is conducting a review into how Savile was able to carry out sexual abuse of children and adults while at the corportation."

"But investigative website Exaro says she has voiced her concern about why the broadcaster failed to realise what was happening, despite hints of paedophilia in one of its own programmes 15 years ago."

"They found that Dame Janet, a former Court of Appeal judge, has asked several BBC executives what enquiries were made about Savile as a result of a documentary about him presented by Louis Theroux."

"In the programme, Mr Theroux explicitly referred to the 'paedophile' accusation against Savile, who at one time presented 'Jim'll Fix It.' "

"Sources at the BBC say that it is vulnerable to the accusation it failed to look properly into the allegation of paedophilia against Savile, even though Mr Theroux's line of questioning was cleared for broadcast in 2000."

"However, they were unable to say what Dame Janet had concluded about the episode, but are anticipating strong criticism."

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