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Savile and Hall 'used fame at BBC to abuse vulnerable'

Dame Janet Smith speaks about her report.

Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall used their fame and position as BBC celebrities to abuse the vulnerable, Dame Janet Smith has said.

Dame Janet, who led the investigation into Savile's abuse, described him as "opportunistic and shameless".

"They must be condemned for their monstrous behaviour," she said following the publication of her report.

Dame Janet said she identified five occasions when the BBC "missed an opportunity to uncover their misconduct", saying the culture of the BBC allowed their behaviour to go "undetected for decades".

However, she denied the BBC had sought to influence the review, saying a delay following its completion in April 2015 was due to concerns raised by the Metropolitan Police that it might affect ongoing investigations.

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BBC Trust apologises over Savile and Hall abuse

The BBC Trust has issued an apology to the victims of Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall following the publication of a damning report into the corporation's handling of their behaviour.

Rona Fairhead said the corporation "turned a blind eye" and had "failed" the victims.

"It turned a blind eye, where it should have shone a light.

"And it did not protect those who put their trust in it."

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