Sir Jimmy Savile, OBE, was an eccentric British broadcaster and disc jockey best known for his BBC television show, Jim'll Fix It, and his extensive charity work. Born in October 1926, he became a disc jockey on Radio Luxembourg in 1958 which led to work on Tyne Tees Television and finally, the BBC. He was both the first and last presenter of the long-running BBC music chart show Top of the Pops. Over several decades, and until his death in 2011, he raised millions of pounds for charities and hospitals including Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire. He was awarded the OBE in 1971 and was knighted in 1990. In September 2012, an ITV investigation which alleged that Jimmy Savile had sexually abused underage girls led to Scotland Yard launching a formal criminal investigation into historic allegations of child sex abuse by Savile "on an unprecedented scale" over four decades.
BBC editor steps aside over Savile scandal
The editor of the BBC’s flagship TV news show stepped aside on Monday after the publicly funded broadcaster said his explanation for pulling an expose into alleged sexual abuse by one of its former presenters was “inaccurate or incomplete”.
The BBC is facing a growing crisis over claims that its bosses covered up allegations against Jimmy Savile, one of its top presenters during the 1970s and 1980s who died last year.
Peter Rippon, editor of “Newsnight”, had said he had shelved a documentary into the Savile claims shortly after his death for editorial reasons and that the investigation had only focused on institutional failings by police and prosecutors.
But that explanation has been publicly disputed by the show’s journalists.
“The explanation by the editor in his blog of his decision to drop the programme’s investigation is inaccurate or incomplete in some respects,” the BBC said in a statement, confirming Rippon was stepping aside from his role.