Former ITV newsreader 'laughed at' after reporting Savile

Alan Hardwick claims that he saw Jimmy Savile, pictured, grope a young girl in a Yorkshire Television studio. Credit: PA

A former ITV newsreader claims he was “laughed at” when he told colleagues that he saw Jimmy Savile grope a young girl in a TV studio in the 1980s.

Alan Hardwick, now 63, worked for Yorkshire Television when he says Savile had “about half a dozen girls with him. They were probably 12 or 13.”

"They were about to go on set so I decided I would speak to Savile later but before I left he squeezed the bottom of the little girl to his right who he had his arm around."

Mr Hardwick said he raised the issue with a manager, who explained Savile was “just being friendly.”

He told the Lincolnshire Echo: "I mentioned it to other people in the industry and at the BBC and I was laughed at because they all said, 'Don't you know that Savile likes them young?' I felt a bit of a fool.”