BBC Director of Editorial Policy and Standards David Jordan said the BBC is "appalled" that the allegations made against Sir Jimmy Savile could have occurred on BBC premises and been conducted by one its "great stars of the past".
Speaking to ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning, Mr Jordan said it is quite clear that although there were rumours surrounding Sir Jimmy's conduct, there had never been any substantial allegations made against him until now.
Several of Sir Jimmy Savile's alleged victims are considering taking legal action against the DoH and the BBC, a lawyer has told ITV News.
BBC director-general George Entwistle offered a "profound and heartfelt apology" to the alleged victims of Sir Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse.
BBC chief tells ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning he is satisfied with how the broadcaster reacted to the allegations against Jimmy Savile.