TV icon sex-abuse scandal rocks the BBC

FAM of the OMC 2012/10/25 21:07:04
Say it ain'so. That bastion of liberal bias (as well as rampant anti-Americanism) covered up one of that country's most prolific pedophiles while the villan continued his abuse for decades? Looks like they'll have to keep their collective yap shut about the Catholic church and the boy scouts for a while.

TV icon sex-abuse scandal rocks the BBC

London (CNN) -- Before he died last year, Jimmy Savile was viewed as a kind of UK equivalent to American TV icon Dick Clark, gaining fame by bringing music to generations of teens. Savile was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He now stands accused as a predatory sex offender.

The shocking allegations have Britain reeling. Countless viewers who grew up watching Savile on TV's "Top of the Pops" and his children's program "Jim'll Fix It" are now questioning their trust in a social institution: the British Broadcasting Corporation.

It's the worst crisis at the BBC in 50 years, says a top correspondent, and the scandal has prompted a wider examination into an alleged culture of sexism stretching back decades within Britain's widely respected public broadcaster.

The scandal has also gripped the British media, with many questioning who knew what and when about the alleged abuse of mostly teenage girls and whether there was any attempt at a coverup.

Police say they have identified more than 200 potential victims, with accusations spanning several decades, and are investigating other suspects in connection with alleged abuse.

Savile died in October 2011 at age 84, soon after being treated in a hospital for pneumonia.

Savile's favored target was apparently girls in their mid-teens in what one officer, Cmdr. Peter Spindler, said was "alleged abuse on an unprecedented scale."

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The BBC, on whose premises some of the sexual assaults occurred, has found itself in the dock of public opinion seeking to explain how his behavior went undetected for decades.

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The national public broadcaster has set up two independent inquiries, and Director General George Entwistle was called before a panel of lawmakers Tuesday to defend its handling of the scandal -- including why the broadcaster decided to drop an investigation into the star last year.

"There is no question that what Jimmy Savile did and the way the BBC behaved in the years -- the culture and practices of the BBC seems to allow Jimmy Savile to do what he did -- will raise questions of trust for us and reputation for us," Entwistle said.

"This is a gravely serious matter, and one cannot look back at it with anything other than horror, frankly, that his activities went on as long as they did undetected."

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Entwistle pointed out that the BBC was not alone in failing to uncover Savile's behavior, with no newspaper exposé published in his lifetime.

This is the worst crisis ... in my nearly 50 years at the BBC.
BBC correspondent John Simpson

And he drew a parallel with a furor that has recently gripped the United States, where retired Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of molesting numerous children.

"Mr. Savile has prosecuted his activities, his disgusting activities, in a matter that was very successfully and skilfully concealed, and experts in pedophile behavior have pointed out that's often the case," Entwistle said.

"In the case of the United States, of Jerry Sandusky ... these people build very long-range plans to put them in contact with their targets. These things are institutionally, it seems, very difficult to deal with."

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  • Orsino 2012/11/16 17:17:07
    The BBC is the single most credible broadcaster in the world - it was an interview with a BBC journalist that forced the Director General to resign, can you imagine a fox newscaster tearing into Rupert Murdoch to the extent that he has to resign.

    The Jimmy Saville scandal is a disgraceful and the BBC should investigate fully and bring to account any body that helped shelter this man, but to use it to bash the BBC as a broadcaster is quite frankly laughable.
  • Carl Belken 2012/11/09 05:38:51
    Carl Belken
    I'm sick of celebs that become so famous they think they can get by with anything. If he did this for many years there had to be many people who either covered up for him or kept their mouths shut. I wish he were alive to suffer his downfall.
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/11/03 10:22:15
    Somkey the Hores
    The UK is Satan's urinal.
  • SIMPATTYCO 2012/10/31 19:31:27
    First Catholic Priests and centuries of cover ups, then U of P, Sandusky, Its Rampant worldwide and is legal in some places. P
  • SIMPATTYCO SIMPATTYCO 2012/10/31 19:32:33
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2012/10/25 21:34:57
  • FAM of ... Chris -... 2012/10/26 17:21:51
    FAM of the OMC
    I did read his list of victims included some boys. Evidently this pedo swings both ways.
  • Chris -... FAM of ... 2012/10/26 18:29:34
  • FAM of ... Chris -... 2012/10/26 18:31:21
    FAM of the OMC
    Yup, he was a pervert's pervert.
    They'll probably erect a statue of him in San Francisco.
  • Chris -... FAM of ... 2012/10/26 18:35:46
  • Laura Chris -... 2012/11/10 20:46:18
    Chris, what are you talking about ? You must be sooooo ignorant to compare a pedophile with someone that is gay. A pedophile preys on young children
    Most pedophiles are straight, not gay. They usually like little boys and girls.
    A person that is gay is no more apt to be a peophile than a straight person.
    Before you start talking , EDUCATE yourself on what you are talking about..
  • Chris -... Laura 2012/11/12 19:35:15
  • Orsino Chris -... 2012/11/16 10:44:43
    Double entendre?
  • SIMPATTYCO Chris -... 2012/10/31 19:33:32
    What girls are 2nd class in this area too?
  • Chris -... SIMPATTYCO 2012/11/01 13:19:39
  • FAM of the OMC 2012/10/25 21:15:03
    FAM of the OMC
    The BBC
    Brits Brutalizing Children
  • Rustie 2012/10/25 21:09:16

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