Jimmy Savile

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Seriously, how could no one have suspected this guy?
Can it really be the case that no one knew what he was doing? Did some turn a blind eye to criminality? Did some prefer not to follow up their suspicions because of this criminal's popularity and place in the schedules?
—Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC [1]

Jimmy Savile (1926–2011) or Sir Jimmy Savile [2] was a British DJ and television presenter whose heyday was in the seventies. After his death it emerged that he was a serial child molester and sexually active necromancer necrophiliac (eew!).[3][4]

Shortly after Savile died the BBC news programme Newsnight conducted an investigation into allegations that he was guilty of sexual abuse; the broadcast, due for December 2011, was ultimately shelved.[5]

On 3 October 2012 ITV broadcast a documentary entitled Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile which interviewed women who said that Savile had molested them as teenagers.[6] On 23 October an episode of the BBC documentary series Panorama was screened that discussed how much was known of Savile's paedophilic tendencies within the BBC during his lifetime.[7]

Following these revelations and others, the Metropolitan Police launched an official investigation into Savile's now undeniable record of child abuse, along with others who colluded in these activities or engaged in similar conduct. Arrests and questionings as part of Operation Yewtree have included Gary Glitter (already a known sex offender), Freddie Starr, Dave Lee Travis, Jim Davidson, Max Clifford and Rolf Harris, as well as BBC staff who worked with Savile and others who have not been publicly named. Glitter, Clifford and, much more shockingly to many, Harris have been convicted and jailed. Travis was, eventually, convicted on one count and received a suspended sentence.

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