'Savile created his TV shows to get access to children'

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.

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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.