Jimmy Savile

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.

Jailed British PR guru Max Clifford faces new sexual assault allegations

Max Clifford arrives for sentencing at the court in London. Photo: AP

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford sentenced to eight years for a string of sex attacks on teenage girls faces fresh allegations. police say

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UK public relations guru Max Clifford convicted of sexual assaults

Max Clifford leaves court after being found guilty of indecently assaulting teenagers as young as 15. Photo: Reuters

Max Clifford, Britain's top public relations guru, was found guilty yesterday of a string of sexual assaults in the first conviction stemming from a police investigation launched after the Jimmy Savile scandal.

29 Apr 2014 - 1:21am

Jimmy Savile brushed off accusatory women ‘like midges’

Jimmy Savile. Photo: AP

Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, branded one of Britain’s worst sex offenders, said he brushed off women who accused him of assault “like midges” and claimed they were trying to make money by selling stories about him, it emerged on Tuesday.

16 Oct 2013 - 10:31am

British police arrest 11th man in Savile investigation

A 2008 photo of Sir Jimmy Savile. Photo: AP

British police on Thursday arrested a 82-year-old man as part of the investigation into widespread sexual abuses launched following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

29 Mar 2013 - 2:44pm

British star Savile’s victims set to seek damages: lawyer

Jimmy Savile. Photo: AP

ound 50 victims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile are set to seek damages from the late broadcaster’s estate and from organisations including the BBC and Britain’s health service, their lawyer said on Saturday.

12 Jan 2013 - 8:58pm

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11 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Report slams BBC's handling of Jimmy Savile child sex allegations

The disgraced Jimmy Savile. Photo: EPA

An official report has strongly criticised the BBC's handling of allegations of child sex abuse against late presenter Jimmy Savile but cleared the corporation of a cover-up.

The report sparked the resignation of the BBC's deputy director of news, Stephen Mitchell, and led to the editor and deputy editor of the programme at the centre of the scandal being replaced.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:16am

Scandal-hit BBC appoints Tony Hall new director general

Tony Hall is an insider from outside. Photo: Reuters

The BBC appointed a former journalist who runs the Royal Opera House to lead the broadcaster yesterday after sex abuse scandals that shook public trust in one of Britain's most treasured institutions.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

BBC pays HK$2.23m to Alistair McAlpine over defamation

The BBC will pay a former British politician £185,000 (HK$2.23 million) in damages over a news report that led to him being falsely accused of child sex abuse.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

Legal letter raises doubts over ex-BBC chief Thompson's denial on Savile

Mark Thompson denies knowledge of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations while he was director general of the BBC. Photo: AP

A legal letter sent on behalf of Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, seems to contradict his assertions that he learned of accusations of sexual abuse against longtime host Jimmy Savile only after leaving the corporation's top job.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

Former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis held as part of Jimmy Savile investigation

Former radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was arrested yesterday as part of the police investigation set up in the wake of allegations against his BBC colleague Jimmy Savile, British media reported.

Police said a man in his 60s was being held on suspicion of sexual offences, the fourth arrest in connection with the Savile investigation. He was not officially named by police.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am

BBC faces credibility crisis over botched paedophile probes

Contradictory signs at the BBC New Broadcasting House in London suggest that the crisis-hit corporation may have lost its direction, temporarily at least, following the airing of false child sex abuse claims against a former politician. Photo: Reuters

They are words that the BBC isn’t accustomed to hearing about itself: “shoddy journalism” on one of its premier investigative programmes, “unacceptable mistakes” by senior staff, a director general with “the leadership qualities of Winnie the Pooh”.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

BBC showed 'basic' failings in abuse story

The BBC showed "basic" journalistic failures in a news report in which it wrongly accused a senior politician of child abuse, an internal investigation has found.

The findings were announced after the BBC's acting director-general, Tim Davie, pledged to "get a grip" of the deepening crisis at the world's largest publicly-funded broadcaster as two more top news executives stood aside.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

BBC needs an urgent shake-up

The BBC must promptly get its house back in order. Photo: EPA

A media organisation has to produce accurate, reliable and balanced journalism if it is to be trusted by its audience. The BBC's credibility has been damaged by its failure to check the correctness of one report and unexplained dropping of another. Rightly, its director general, George Entwistle, as well as its news director and deputy director have resigned.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:15am

BBC boss Entwistle finished before he really got started

George Entwistle leaves Portcullis House, after his appearance before a parliamentary committee. His resignation makes his tenure as BBC director general the shortest in its 90-year history. Photo: EPA

George Entwistle came to the top job at the BBC with 23 years of hands-on experience at the corporation, but it was his ignorance of what was happening below him that caused his downfall after just 54 days.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:55am