Senior members of the BBC’s management have strongly denied accusations they were aware as early as 1973 that their star DJ Jimmy Savile was from Yorkshire.
The damning accusations come after whistleblowers at the broadcaster claim BBC executives ignored persistent rumours of Savile’s possible northerness – despite reservations being expressed several times by senior producers time and time again about his accent.
In a statement to the press, the BBC denied the claims:
“There is no basis to these allegations. It is outrageous to suggest the BBC would ever have allowed Savile to continue to work on television and be in close contact with impressionable young people if we had known he was in any way from Leeds.”
Documents however, reveal that in 1973 the controller of BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 asked his head of press to investigate “rumours” that Savile liked to secretly listen to brass band music during breaks in the recording of his shows, instead of having sex with children in his dressing room as was customary for the majority of BBC presenters at the time.
Critics of the broadcaster claim that instead of ordering an investigation, senior BBC executives decided to “turn a blind eye” to the allegations insisting it could find “no record” of Savile ever fancying pigeons, wearing a flat cap or owning a whippet while he was in the employment of the BBC.
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