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SAVILE SCANDAL: WHAT DID THE BBC KNOW AND WHEN DID THEY KNOW IT?

October 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A former BBC executive has acknowledged that he questioned the late Jimmy Savile about rumors that he had sexually abused children in his dressing room when he hosted the BBC’s hit music show Top of the Pops and was a popular disc jockey on the BBC’s Radio 1 20 years ago. Derek Chinnery said in a radio interview, “I asked: ‘What’s all this, these rumors we hear about you, Jimmy?’ And he said, ‘That’s all nonsense.’ There was no reason to disbelieve [him].” In a separate interview, Chinnery added, “It’s easy now to say: How could you just believe him, just like that? He was the sort of man that attracted rumors, after all, because he was single, he was always on the move, he was always going around the country.” In an interview with Sky News, former BBC Trust Chairman Michael Lyon claimed that the BBC has become the victim of hysteria over the scandal, then added that while the allegations about Savile have “consequences for the BBC,” those consequences probably “spread well beyond the BBC.” Lyon explained: “There may well be lessons here to learn about the way that we tolerate the behavior of predatory men, particularly when they are in powerful positions, and there may be lessons to learn about the license that we sometimes collectively allow to celebrities.”