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.
The former police detective has been making a follow-up programme to his original ITV1 Exposure documentary into allegations that the star sexually abused vulnerable teenage girls.
He told the Radio Times:
In the previous programme it was unclear what came first.
But I can very clearly tell you now that he created his television series as a vehicle for his offending.
I believe he engineered his programmes within the BBC and Radio Luxembourg in order to gain access to children.The classic examples are Top Of The Pops, Savile's Travels, Jim'll Fix It - all of them gave him access to young children. That's why there were so many victims.
Jimmy Savile was questioned as a suspect by police investigating the Yorkshire Ripper, according to a retired police officer.
Jimmy Savile's nephew has spoken of the emotional turmoil his family is going through in the wake of the sex abuse allegations.
A colleague of Jimmy Savile allegedly raped a woman on BBC premises in 1970, ITV News has been told.