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BBC Radio 1 controller Johnny Beerling forgets to remember the Jimmy Savile he ‘knew well’

by | 2nd, November 2012

JOHN ‘Johnny’ Beerling was the BBC Radio 1 Controller. He has been talking with Nicky Campbell, the DJ he hired to revamp the station from Smashy and Nicey to fresh-faced youth. He tells Campbell on BBC Radio Five Live about the Jimmy Savile, the alleged paedophile he never really knew:

“I wasn’t particularly close to him, as you know. It was a producer who looked after Jimmy, and he was very much a loner wasn’t he. He came into the building, did his thing and went off again. He wasn’t one to socialise with any of you guys or the girls in the office, so I’m really a bit staggered about all of this.”

On his website , Beerling plugs his book:

Johnny Beerling joined the BBC in 1957, and started producing BBC Radio 1 from the first show with Tony Blackburn.

During his time at Radio 1 Johnny transformed the station into the biggest national radio station in the UK. His Radio 1 book describes how radio history was made with the creation of the Radio 1 Roadshow, The Beatles Story, the move from medium wave to national 24-hour Radio 1 FM, coverage of Live Aid for the BBC and much much more…

Of course no Radio 1 book would be complete without stories about the Radio 1 DJs many of whom are still household names. Remember Noel Edmonds, Dave Lee Travis, Emperor Rosko, David Hamilton, Johnnie Walker, Terry

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