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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 Trust chairman: Inquiry into Jimmy Savile claims must be credible

The chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, has said that the BBC will launch an independent inquiry into the allegations against Sir Jimmy Savile.

"These are serious issues," he told ITV News' UK Editor Lucy Manning. "There's no point in having an inquiry which isn't wholly credible."

He also defended the BBC's decision to air tribute programmes despite bosses knowing about a Newsnight investigation into abuse claims. Mr Patten pointed out that many newspapers were printing "hagiographies" of him despite being aware of the "rumours".

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