Of all the institutions Savile corrupted, the BBC had the least right to be surprised by his crimes

Sir Jimmy Savile OBE KCSG

I’m sure that the BBC’s managers will be appalled by the Observer’s revelation that Jimmy Savile molested or raped hundreds – maybe a thousand – girls and boys. I have enough faith in their humanity to believe that the hairs on the back of their necks will stand on end when they read one of the victims’ lawyers telling us: “Savile never had a quiet day.”

Whether he was in the Top of the Pops studio or touring in a BBC camper van with a dirty mattress in the back, his dead eyes were always looking out for young, disadvantaged fans, so intimidated by his fame he could do anything to them.

Carry on reading