Thursday, 25 February 2016

No evidence BBC bosses knew about Jimmy Savile

"There is no evidence BBC bosses were aware of the widespread sex attacks carried out by Jimmy Savile in which children as young as eight were abused."

"Dame Janet Smith's independent review of the BBC culture in the years that Savile and fellow presenter and sexual predator Stuart Hall worked there found there was a culture of `reverence and fear` towards celebrities at the corporation and that `an atmosphere of fear still exists today in the BBC`."

"The reports finds that Savile carried out sex attacks on 72 victims in `virtually every one of the BBC premises in which he worked`. "

"It states that no senior manager at the BBC `ever found out about any specific complaint relating to Savile's inappropriate sexual conduct in connection with his work for the BBC`."

"However, it says some junior and middle-ranking staff were aware of Savile's `inappropriate sexual behaviour. In total, 117 witnesses who had worked at the BBC had `heard rumours` of Savile's activities."

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