340 potential sex abuse cases against BBC presenter Jimmy Savile?


Jimmy Savile scandal widens

The BBC has announced it is launching two inquiries in response to sex allegations made against former presenter Jimmy Savile. This comes after TV director David Nicholson told the Sun that BBC managers had ignored him when he told them that he had caught Savile having sex with a girl between the age of 15 and 16.

According to the BBC’s own report, the Police have received “340 potential lines of inquiry”. So far, 12 have been officially recorded by the MET but the scope of the investigation is likely to widen. Former BBC employees may also be held accountable for allowing such abuse to go undetected.

One of the victims includes TV actress Julie Fernandez who came forward with a statement against Savile. She revealed that he had groped her at the age of 14 during the Jim’ll Fix It show. In another case, “Savile had sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy”.

In light of these revelations, Jimmy Savile’s alleged gross sexual misconduct and abuse of young children has damaged the BBC’s reputation. The corporation must now carry out a thoroughly transparent process to reveal why it took so many years for this to come out. A look at the internal culture at the broadcaster is also necessary to answer these fundamental questions: If so many people knew about it why did they keep it in the dark? Who will be held responsible in the aftermath of these allegations? Will the victims receive any compensation, and how will the BBC make amendments ensuring this will never happen again?