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Jimmy Savile and John Peel’s sex with underage girls will end the depraved BBC

by | 26th, February 2016

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When asked by a reporter in 2001 whether he was concerned if he would be remembered as a conning pervert and abuser when he died ,” Jimmy Savile replied:

‘If I’m gone that’s that. Bollocks to my legacy. Whatever is said after I’m gone is irrelevant.’

The reporter then asked if Savile was ‘into little girls’, to which the BBC presenter replied :

‘I’d rather not even opinionate on this. I’ll leave it to the psychologists to sort out the psychology of child abuse.’

Every day a new allegation emerges about Jimmy Savile. These allegations now cover 6 decades, and include allegations of the rape of children, mentally ill patients and the sexual assault of a disabled girl. The police are currently investigating over 300 lines of inquiry .

Savile’s attacks occurred in hospitals, clubs and the BBC. And it is the latter organization that is coming under considerable scrutiny by the police.

The question is how did the BBC employ such an individual, when there were known allegations against him? And what was the everyday culture at BBC that could allow Savile’s behavior to go unnoticed? Uncommented upon? Even tolerated?

A glimpse of how things were at the BBC can be found in Stephen Fry’s second volume of autobiography, The Fry Chronicles (pages 296-297 of the paperback edition), where he described a meeting with the BBC executive Jim Moir in 1983.

Hugh [Laurie] and I were shown into his office. He sat us down on the sofa opposite his desk and asked if we had comedy plans. Only he wouldn’t have put it as simply as that, he probably said something like: ‘Strip naked and show me your cocks,’ which would have been his way of saying: ‘What would you like to talk about?’ Jim routinely used colourful and perplexing metaphors of a quite staggering explicit nature. ‘Let’s jizz on the table, mix up our spunk and smear it all over us,’ might be his way of asking, ‘Shall we work together?’ I had always assumed that he only spoke like that to men, but not so long ago Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders confirmed that he had been quite as eye-watering in his choice of language with them. Ben Elton went on to create, and Mel Smith to play, a fictional head of Light Entertainment based on Jim Moir called Jumbo Whiffly in the sitcom Filthy Rich & Catflap. I hope you will not get the wrong impression of Moir from my description of his language. People of his kind are easy to underestimate, but I have never heard anyone who worked with him say a bad word about him. In the past forty years the BBC has had no more shrewd, capable, loyal, honourable and successful executive and certainly none with a more dazzling verbal imagination.

Now retired, Moir recently told the Guardian that he had no knowledge of any allegations against Savile during his term at the Beeb, as either exec or as Head of Light Entertainment.

“There is so much talk about rumours, but I can tell you that neither from external sources or internally, neither by nods and winks or by innuendo, did I receive any scintilla of this story whatsoever, or discuss it or his behaviour with my superiors. There was not a scintilla of this either from Roger Ordish, his producer for 20 years.”

Should we be surprised? Not really. But it makes sense that Moir didn’t hear any allegations when it was seen as okay to use sexist, aggressive and offensive language such as ‘Strip naked and show me your cocks,’ or, ‘Let’s jizz on the table, mix up our spunk and smear it all over us,’ on a regular basis. This kind masturbatory boy’s club culture covers up for a lot of unacceptable behavior.

The Guardian goes on to report :

[Moir] said that none of the three BBC1 controllers he worked with during that time Alan Hart, Michael Grade and Powell ever discussed it with him. He added that the late Bill Cotton, the former managing director of BBC TV, would “never have turned a blind eye to paedophilia” and Keith Samuel, BBC TV’s chief press officer for 13 years from 1985, also now deceased, had never raised it with him.

Moir added: “I have subsequently heard, round about the time of his funeral, stories about his preferences for young girls, but never about underage young girls. It’s a fact that red-blooded males tend to like younger women.”

Moir said he was bemused that so much predatory activity is alleged to have taken place on BBC TV premises in west London. “As to [Savile’s] time at TV Centre, we made one series of Jim’ll Fix It a year, 13 programmes. He rarely if ever appeared [during] the filming, all he was required to do was take the brief from Roger Ordish and read the links, rehearse late afternoon, and do them. Top of the Pops ran for 52 weeks, but he was no means the main presenter – there was Noel Edmonds and Dave Lee Travis.”

It’s strange that Moir was “bemused” about Savile’s alleged predatory activity taking place on BBC property, as police interviewed BBC staff over allegations of under age sex taking place in changing rooms at the Top of the Pops studios in the 1960s, as the Daily Telegraph reports :.

Stanley Dorfman, the show’s producer and director in the 1960s, said he recalled police officers interviewing BBC staff about allegations of under-age sex taking place in musicians’ dressing rooms. Mr Dorfman, 84, said: “They [police] came and talked to everybody because apparently there had been under age girls in dressing rooms. It went on for a couple of weeks or so and then they disappeared.

If the alarm bells were not ringing over the possibility of underage sex taking place on BBC premises after a visit from the police, then the BBC execs and management were not only negligent in their duties, they were complicit by turning a blind eye.

It wasn’t just the rumors that should have alerted the BBC, Savile openly boasted about his exploits with girls in his best selling autobiography As It Happens , published in 1974.

In it Savile claimed “a man could work on stage with a nut and bolt through his neck like one of Frankenstein’s monsters and some girl would fall for him.”

My average attendance figures in the dance halls for a seven night a week stint, where I was overall boss as well as the main disc jockey, was about one thousand, That means at least two hundred girls per night would take kindly to any suggestions I might make. If half of those were a little bold, that means that on any one night at least fifty girls would actually do the chatting up. To be even more conservative, if I only fancied half of the fifty, that left twenty-five super dolly birds actually putting pressure on me, or any of my disc jockeys. With such quite reasonable statistics it follows that trouble with a capital T, pleasure with an equal capital, and just about everything else in between, comes in large quantities. And that’s for personal appearances. Multiply those figures by the millions who watch TV or listen to the radio and life gets interesting or complicated according to your state of health.

Savile also described a brief run-in with the police over a runaway girl from a remand home.

A high-ranking lady police officer came in one night and showed me a picture of an attractive girl who had run away from a remand home. ‘Ah,’ says I all serious, ‘if she comes in I’ll bring her back tomorrow but I’ll keep her all night first as my reward’. The law lady, new to the area, was nonplussed. Back at the station she asked ‘Is he serious?’

It is God’s truth that the absconder came in that night. Taking her into the office I said, ‘Run now if you want but you can’t run the rest of your life.’ She listened to the alternative and agreed that I hand her over if she could stay at the dance, come home with me, and that I would promise to see her when they let her out. At 11.30 the next morning she was willingly presented to an astounded lady of the law. The officeress was dissuaded from bringing charges against me by her colleagues for it was well known that were I to go, I would probably take half the station with me.

That no journalist thought to investigate Savile’s claims or to follow-up on the various rumors, is a highly damning indictment of the British press.

One BBC boss did ask Savile about the rumors of his predilection for young girls .

Derek Chinnery, Radio 1 controller from 1976-85, said he asked the entertainer about “these rumours we hear”.

“And he said that’s all nonsense,” Mr Chinnery told BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House, adding “there was no reason to disbelieve” the late DJ.

Another BBC producer also questioned Savile about allegations of abuse.

A fortnight ago, former Radio 1 press officer Rodney Collins told BBC News that, in 1973, he had been asked by a previous controller of the station to check whether newspapers were planning to print allegations of Savile having inappropriate liaisons with underage girls.

Mr Collins said Douglas Muggeridge, station controller from 1968 to 1976, had told him “there were allegations about a programme called  Savile’s Travels that went round the country from Radio 1 Jimmy and a caravan”.

Mr Collins added: “There were allegations that there were girls, underage girls involved, maybe, in the caravan.”

He said he reported back that the papers had “heard these allegations” but were unwilling to print them “whether they were true or not” because Savile did a lot for charity and was “perceived as a very popular man”.

Television director David Nicolson has claimed the BBC management were well aware of Savile’s antics .

“Everyone knew what was going on. That includes senior BBC people chiefs at the highest levels.

“There were always girls in Jimmy’s dressing room. Everyone would have known about it all the hair and make-up people, the wardrobe, show directors, producers.”

Married David, recalling his reaction when he walked in on Savile and the young girl, said: “I

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