Liz Kershaw: 'Savile claims were open secret at BBC and a DJ groped me on air'

A former Radio 1 DJ has described how she was routinely groped by another presenter while she was broadcasting.

Liz Kershaw described the atmosphere at the station as "intimidating" and said that when she tried to complain she was asked if she was a lesbian.

Ms Kershaw, who now works for Radio 6 Music, said that when she joined Radio 1 in 1987 - the year Sir Jimmy left - his behaviour was an "open secret" at the station.

"The rumours were there, the jokes were there. It was an open secret," she told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Liz Kershaw in 2010 Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

"Round Radio 1 everyone joked about Jimmy Savile and young girls. The main jokes were about his adventures on the Radio 1 Roadshow. It was massive then.

"There was one presenter who routinely groped me. I would be sitting in the studio with my headphones on, my back to the studio door, live on air, and couldn't hear a thing except what was in my headphones, and then I'd find these wandering hands up my jumper fondling my breasts," she said.

"I couldn't say anything, I couldn't even explain because I was broadcasting to the nation. When I complained to somebody they were incredulous and said 'Don't you like it, are you a lesbian?"'