Keyan Milanian — The Mirror May 28, 2016
Rocker John Lydon claims the BBC banned him – after he tried to expose Jimmy Savile in the 1970s.
The Sex Pistols star said he spoke to girls who worked at Top of the Pops who he says told him Savile was ‘touchy, feely and creepy’.
He gave an interview to BBC Radio 1 in 1978 in which he said he’d heard rumours about Savile’s behaviour but that he wouldn’t be ‘allowed’ to talk about it.
But the interview wasn’t broadcast at the time and Lydon, 60, said he was blacklisted by the BBC.
During the recording, he said: “I’d like to kill Jimmy Savile; I think he’s a hypocrite.
“I bet he’s into all kinds of seediness that we all know about, but are not allowed to talk about.
“I know some rumours – I bet none of this will be allowed out.”
And speaking to Weekend Magazine, the God Save The Queen singer said: “If you said anything you’d be off playlists, but that didn’t bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently.
“But first-hand experiences were reiterated to me by young girls who went to Top Of The Pops and said he was touchy, feely, creepy, urgh… Doctor Death.
“I told them to report it but it would have been seen as grassing then.”
And he added: “I knew all about it and said so and got myself banned from the BBC. Family values, eh?
“Turns out I was the only one who had any.”
However, a BBC spokesman said: “We are not aware of any ban – official or unofficial.”