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Parkinson brands Sir Cliff investigation a 'witch hunt'

Sir Michael Parkinson has told ITV News the investigation into his friend Sir Cliff Richard and others "feels like some sort of witch hunt."

He said anyone who has not been charged with a crime should not be named by police or have their names reported in the press.

The talk show host, who lives close to disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris, criticised police handling of such cases saying "the media were there before the police were."

He added there was a "lot to be learned" from Operation Yewtrew and said media should "tread more softly" when covering such stories.


Parkinson: 'I shall be around for a while yet'

Sir Michael Parkinson revealed is has prostate cancer. Credit: PA Wire

Sir Michael Parkinson said the cancer is contained to his prostate, and that he should be "completely free" of the disease by August.

And he urged men to pay greater attention to their health in order to catch potential diseases early - with a simple test to check for prostate cancer.

Sir Michael added: "I'm 78 and I have had a good life. When you get involved in this, you begin to understand the extraordinary work of those involved in treating cancer.

"You just sit and look at them in wonder. They do the most extraordinary things, and I am very grateful.

"I shall be around for a while yet, to the delight of my friends and the dismay of my enemies."

Parkinson 'shocked' by prostate cancer diagnosis

Chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Sir Michael Parkinson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May after a routine health check and doctors immediately began organising his treatment, which involves five sessions of radiotherapy a week.

The renowned journalist and interviewer said he was left in shock by the diagnosis, but said he was "in wonder" at the "marvelous" work of medical staff after initial thoughts of his own mortality.

The 78-year-old said: "I had to start calling a few of my social engagements to tell them I couldn't do it - what do you say to them?

"When you are told you have something like cancer, it is a shock. But the cancer specialist said: 'I will assure you, you will not die of this.'

"I am concerned about it, of course, but I am not frightened of it."

Michael Parkinson reveals he has prostate cancer

Sir Michael Parkinson in the Royal Box on Centre Court on Wednesday. Credit: PA Wire

Chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson has revealed he has cancer.

The television legend, 78, is currently undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer but said he confident of fighting the disease and returning to full health.

Sir Michael said: "It was a great shock, but I have been told to expect to make a full recovery."

Parkinson: Savile's access was 'worst aspect' of abuse

Michael Parkinson, speaking in an interview to be broadcast tomorrow night on Classic FM, said he "didn't much like" Jimmy Savile and "couldn't understand why he became so popular."

He went on defend the BBC on one aspect of the criticism levelled at the corporation:

But I'll make one observation about the BBC. The BBC got a kicking on that. But at least he had a reason for being at the BBC. He was employed by the BBC and he had to work there.

What on earth was he doing, what was his reason to be at Broadmoor? What was his reason to be at Stoke Mandeville? What was his reason to be at the hospital in Leeds and, particularly, what reason did he have to go to a school?

Come on. That's the worst aspect of it, I think. At least at the BBC he had to be there, he was employed by the BBC.

Parkinson said he first met Savile in Manchester in the 1960s when they both worked at Granada, adding:

But he was not a man who sought the company of people, with hindsight now, who couldn't help him. In those days, we didn't know he was being selective, we just thought he got his own gig and off he went to do it. Nobody ever got really close to him at all.


Parkinson attacks Savile's access to hospitals and schools

Michael Parkinson first worked with Jimmy Savile in the 1960s. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Michael Parkinson has said the BBC made "mistakes" over the Jimmy Savile abuse case, but the real question was why the DJ was given access to schools and hospitals.

The veteran chat show host, who worked for the corporation for many years, said he was looking at the BBC "with despair" after the revelations about Savile.