BBC Director quizzed Savile

A senior member of staff at the BBC has revealed he questioned Savile over rumours of abuse more than 20 years ago. Derek Chinnery, who as Radio 1 controller from 1978 to 1985 was Savile's boss, said he spoke to Savile about the rumours.

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Savile abuse girl labelled 'delusional' after suicide

Mark Ufland, whose half-sister Claire killed herself in 1971 after revelations about sexual abuse at Top of the Pops, has spoken about how details of the allegations recorded in Claire's diary were dismissed by the coroner and how she was labelled a "delusional fifteen year old girl."

Despite the story being reported by newspapers at the time and a police investigation in which Mr Ufland says Sir Jimmy Savile was questioned no further action was taken.

Claire met Sir Jimmy and other DJs through her work as a dancer on Top of the Pops.


Blackburn 'Savile was a master manipulator'

Tony Blackburn pictured last year Credit: PA

In a statement DJ Tony Blackburn said:

"All of us who worked at the BBC during the time of these heinous crimes owe it to the victims to speak to the police and the BBC Investigations Unit and help them in any way we can.

"Jimmy Savile was a master manipulator of the press and would do what he could to keep his image held high in the public conscience.

"It will be to the eternal regret of me and, I'm sure, so many of my BBC colleagues that he was allowed to get away with these monstrous acts."

Tony Blackburn 'disgusted by Savile actions'

In a statement Mr Blackburn said:

I am disgusted beyond words at the vile, despicable actions of Jimmy Savile.

As the father of a 15-year-old daughter myself, I can only imagine the pain that the young women, men and their families have lived with over the decades.

I have nothing but admiration for the bravery they have shown in living with this pain and with which they are now able to come forward and speak about what went on.

Whilst it is a tragedy that Jimmy Savile is not alive to face the justice that he deserves to face, I only hope that the victims are able to get some comfort from the fact that their stories are now being heard and believed

Mr Blackburn said he had never viewed Savile as a friend, saying:

He was not a nice man, despite how the public viewed him at the peak of his success.

There were always rumours circulating about him, the problem at the time was that rumour was always hard to translate in to fact.

BBC controller 'questioned Savile over rumours' 20 years ago

A senior member of staff at the BBC has revealed he questioned Savile over rumours about his private life more than 20 years ago.

Derek Chinnery, who as Radio 1 controller from 1978 to 1985 was Savile's boss, admitted that he quizzed the presenter directly about the rumours of suspected abuse.

Mr Chinnery told BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House:

I asked, 'what's all this, these rumours we hear about you Jimmy?'

"And he said, 'that's all nonsense'. There was no reason to disbelieve (Savile).

It's easy now to say how could you just believe him just like that.

He was the sort of man that attracted rumours, after all, because he was single, he was always on the move, he was always going around the country.


Department of Health: 'Savile should not have been appointed at Broadmoor'

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

We will investigate the Department of Health's conduct in apparently appointing Savile to this role. Although the framework for child protection and safeguarding for Broadmoor and other Special Hospital patients changed radically in 1999, we of course want to establish the circumstances and see if any lessons can be learned.

In hindsight he should very obviously not have been appointed. Had anyone involved in the appointment been aware of allegations of abuse against Savile, we would not have expected him to have been appointed.

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