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EXPOSE ABOUT FAMED BBC HOST SAVILE DRAWS BIG RATINGS — ON ITV

October 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some two million viewers in the U.K. tuned in to watch the ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile Wednesday night despite the fact that it aired from 11:10 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. The figure represents more than a 22-percent share of the entire British television audience at that time of night. The documentary featured interviews with five women who claimed that Savile sexually abused them when they were children in the late 1960s and ’70s while he was one of Britain’s top radio disc jockeys and host of the popular Top of the Pops TV show. Guardian columnist Mark Lawson commented today (Thursday) that Savile, who died last year, would have considered that late-night time slot “career death. But it seems almost certain to be the case that his status as a cherished television personality died there – posthumously – on Wednesday night, with the irony that one of the most talked-about shows of recent times had to be screened in this low-ratings zone because its stories about a children’s TV presenter were so unsuitable for children.”