Savile programme child claim

Jimmy Savile created his TV shows to gain access to children, Mark Williams-Thomas, the child protection expert and criminologist who helped expose the late entertainer as a paedophile, has said.

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BBC pulls vintage 'Top of the Pops' hosted by Savile

The BBC has confirmed it has pulled two archive editions of "Top of the Pops" fronted by Sir Jimmy Savile from TV schedules in the wake of the abuse allegations made against the star.

Sir Jimmy Savile pictured in the 'Top of the Pops' studio in 2003 Credit: Myung Jung Kim/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A BBC spokeswoman said it was appropriate to "postpone" screenings of TOTP over the next two Thursdays as it was a "live issue".

BBC4 has been screening old editions of the hit chart show each week for almost 18 months, beginning with programmes from 1976.

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