Metro — Jan 19, 2014
Jimmy Savile may have abused 1,000 young boys and girls while at the BBC as ‘the establishment’ turned a blind-eye to his crimes, it has been claimed.
Savile, who died aged 84 in 2011, ‘rarely had a quiet day’ during his decades with the broadcaster, according to an expert close to an investigation into his abuse.
Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood charity – which has been consulted by the Dame Janet Smith review – said Savile had been protected by people who should have exposed his behaviour.
‘I think the 1,000 figure is based on 50 years of him offending. It has been said that he didn’t have a quiet day in his life,’ he said.
‘There wasn’t a day when he wasn’t up to something, so 1,000 might not be far from the truth.
‘I have heard a lot over the last 18 months and talked to Jimmy Savile’s victims, and I have lost count of the number of people who have said they knew about the nature of the man.
‘Margaret Thatcher was advised not to give him a knighthood due to his offensive behaviour. What did she do? She ignored it. Savile was protected by the establishment.’
Dame Janet – who has called on potential victims, witnesses, people who worked with Savile and senior staff at the time to assist with the investigation – will publish her review later this year.
Jim’ll Fix It and Top Of The Pops presenter Savile worked for the BBC between 1964 and about 2007 – but is now believed to be one of Britain’s worst sex abusers.
It is feared he targeted hundreds of youngsters on BBC premises, in hospitals, care homes and a psychiatric hospital.