Blackburn 'Savile was a master manipulator'

Tony Blackburn pictured last year
Tony Blackburn pictured last year Credit: PA

In a statement DJ Tony Blackburn said:

"All of us who worked at the BBC during the time of these heinous crimes owe it to the victims to speak to the police and the BBC Investigations Unit and help them in any way we can.

"Jimmy Savile was a master manipulator of the press and would do what he could to keep his image held high in the public conscience.

"It will be to the eternal regret of me and, I'm sure, so many of my BBC colleagues that he was allowed to get away with these monstrous acts."

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