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Jimmy Savile scandal

How BBC bosses let Jimmy Savile sexually abuse up to 1,000 children

Sir Jimmy Savile. Photo: AP

BBC staff turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse by star presenter Jimmy Savile of up to 1,000 girls and boys in the corporation's changing rooms and studios, according an internal inquiry leaked yesterday.

Monday, 20 January, 2014, 2:47am

Rolf Harris, 83, charged in UK over child sex abuse

Rolf Harris on stage at the Glastonbury festival. Photo: AFP

Harris, 83, faces nine counts of indecent assault of girls as young as 14 and four offences of making indecent images of children, the Metropolitan Police said. The alleged assaults took place from 1980 to 1986, while the images were made last year, police said.

30 Aug 2013 - 11:13am

Veteran BBC presenter Stuart Hall admits sex offences

Former BBC presenter Stuart Hall, 83, has pleaded guilty to carrying out sexual assaults on young girls over two decades. Photo: AP

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall pleaded guilty to sex offences yesterday, the latest British TV star from the 1970s and 1980s to be embroiled in abuse allegations. Hall, 83, who was best known for hosting the family TV show It's a Knockout and was still working for the BBC as a soccer radio commentator until recently, admitted 14 counts of indecent offences against young girls over two decades, with the youngest victim aged just nine.

3 May 2013 - 1:49am

Sex harassment rare at BBC but bullying 'a very real concern'

A report into staff behaviour at the BBC commissioned after the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal concluded yesterday that sexual harassment was rare, but bullying was a "very real concern". The report said bullying was not "pervasive or endemic" at the British broadcaster but was nonetheless "visible, frequent and consistent".

3 May 2013 - 1:49am

BBC broadcaster admits 14 indecent assaults

Former BBC broadcaster presenter Stuart Hall. Photo: AP

BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to multiple assaults on young girls. Prosecutors said on Thursday that the 83-year-old sports broadcaster has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults. Hall was arrested in January for questioning about alleged crimes committed between 1967 and 1986.

3 May 2013 - 1:28am

Sun opens front in free-speech war by reporting Rolf Harris arrest for sex offences

Rolf Harris

It was a typical British tabloid splash - the news that the entertainer Rolf Harris was arrested on suspicion of sex offences - but the headline emblazoned across The Sun's front page on Friday was also a pre-emptive strike in a fresh freedom-of-speech battle between newspapers and lawyers to the famous and powerful.

23 Apr 2013 - 3:49am

Jimmy Savile scandal left BBC frantic: Chris Patten

Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten. Photo: AP

In 3,000 pages of e-mails and interviews published on Friday, the BBC's top officials have harsh words for the institutional culture of BBC, which has seen its reputation been tarnished by a paedophilia scandal.

23 Feb 2013 - 3:31am

Jimmy Savile's youngest victim was 8-year-old boy, police report finds

Entertainer Jimmy Savile "groomed a nation". Photo: AP

Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile was a predatory sex offender who abused children as young as eight over more than 50 years, using his fame and eccentricity to hide "in plain sight", British police said yesterday.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:57am

Report details extent of abuse by former BBC star Savile

A woman leaves an original entrance to the BBC's New Broadcasting House building in central London. Photo: Reuters

British police said on Friday that late BBC star presenter Jimmy Savile was a predatory sex offender whose victims were as young as eight and who preyed on children and adults in hospitals.

11 Jan 2013 - 9:50pm

Comedian Jim Davidson arrested in Jimmy Savile probe

Jim Davidson. Photo: Reuters

British television presenter Jim Davidson has denied claims made against him after becoming the latest celebrity to be arrested by police probing sexual abuse allegations.

Metropolitan Police said officers from Operation Yewtree, set up last year to investigate claims of abuse against late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, had detained two men in their 50s on suspicion of sexual offences.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:48am

BBC settles libel suit from wronged politician

The BBC Director General, George Entwistle, left, stands with the Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Chris Patten. The BBC has reached a settlement with the Conservative politician wrongly implicated in a child sex abuse scandal. Photo: AP

The BBC reached a settlement on Thursday with the Conservative politician wrongly implicated in a child sex abuse scandal.

16 Nov 2012 - 10:23am

BBC’s director of news and deputy step aside

BBC employees arrive for work at the organisation's New Broadcasting House in central London, on Monday. Photo: AFP

The BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, have “stepped aside” amid the crisis over Jimmy Savile and a report wrongly accusing a politician of child abuse, reports said on Monday.

12 Nov 2012 - 8:23pm

Freddie Starr 2nd British celebrity arrested in Savile scandal

Freddie Starr was arrested and released on bail. Photo: AP

The child abuse scandal consuming the legacy of the late entertainer Jimmy Savile has netted its second celebrity arrest as police swooped on British comedian Freddie Starr.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

NYT defends incoming chief amid BBC scandal

 Mark Thompson. Photo: AP

The New York Times stood by its incoming chief on Wednesday, even as questions about a BBC child sex abuse scandal followed him from one of Britain’s most respected news organisations to one of America’s.

But as new CEO Mark Thompson was getting support from his new bosses, the Times ombudsman questioned his fitness for the job.

25 Oct 2012 - 10:29am