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Jimmy Savile and Jon Peel: the BBC’s ugly Englishmen are always perverts

by | 22nd, January 2016

savile the wombles Jimmy Savile is back in the news. The Sun leads with the Jimmy Savile Report, the review by Dame Janet Smith into the BBC stalwart who post-death was labelled the most prolific child molester of all time. News is that the BBC “HID” news that Savile had “seduced” a 15-year-old dancer on BBC TV’s Top of The Pops music show. The paper adds: “Clair [sic] McAlpine killed herself weeks after the alleged sexual encounter.”

We don’t know if the pair did have sex. We don’t know what part if any the alleged sex had in Claire McAlpine’s tragic death. All we know is that when Claire’s mother read of the alleged sex in her daughter’s diary we don’t get to see what the teenager wrote she “rang the BBC… demanding to speak to the chairman but was told that was impossible.”

The Sun joins the dots, saying “just a month later Clair died after taking an overdose of sleeping pills”.

The report says the BBC made no attempt to interview Claire or her mother. The BBC did meet with Savile, who denied any wrongdoing. He was also interviewed by an “independent barrister”.

Dame Janet says the BBC review was “inadequate”. She cannot understand why the BBC destroyed its own call logs from the time. Really? This is the BBC that erased or tossed away and wiped lots of its output, including  Not Only… But Also , starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and the BBC studio footage from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landings.

 

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On pages 4 and 5, the Sun  re-introduces us to Sylvia Edwards. She says that when age 18, the 50-year-old Savile stuck his hand up her skirt in 1976 and told her “A fella could get used to this as it  ‘appens”. The Sun says “millions of BBC TV viewers” saw this because Savile was presenting Top of the Pops at the time and Sylvia was in the audience.

Horrified Sylvia ran to a floor manager to report what the DJ had done only to be told: “Get lost it’s just Jimmy messing about.” In the judge’s draft report, she said Sylvia’s was “one of two quite serious indecent assaults” and girls on the show were placed in “moral danger”. But she added: “I do not think any member of senior management was ever made aware of Savile’s abuse of young people while working on Top of the Pops. In the testosterone-laden atmosphere where everyone was, in theory at least, over 16, child protection was simply not a live issue. No one noticed what Savile was doing: he was able to hide in plain sight.”

 

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The Sun lists Dame Janet’s main findings:

Savile abused 45 victims who worked at or visited the BBC

— He abused staff and kids on Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix IT

Some evidence a paedophile ring operated at BBC in 1970s

Stars like Savile ‘untouchable’ and managers ‘above the law’

Bosses quizzed Savile about his interest in young girls but

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