Publication of BBC report into Savile abuse delayed

Jimmy Saville Credit: PA Images

The publication of the BBC's review into how Savile carried out a campaign of abuse over decades has been delayed until later in the year.

It has been reported that the Dame Janet Smith review is expected to uncover hundreds of victims and reveal a culture of ignorance which ''protected'' Savile.

A BBC spokesman said: "The BBC has said it is appalled at Jimmy Saville's crimes.

"We're unable to give a commentary on statements in these specific documents as they are over 40 years old, but the Dame Janet Smith review is considering the culture and practices of the BBC during this period and has had our full cooperation

We will await their full report."

Report: Jimmy Savile victims some 'as young as two'

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Report: Some Jimmy Savile victims were 'as young as two'

At least 500 victims - some as young as two - were abused by the shamed television presenter Jimmy Savile during his reign as one of the country's most prolific sex offenders, new research has shown.