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'Serious failings' at BBC allowed Savile to abuse 72 people

“Serious failings” at the BBC allowed Jimmy Savile to rape and sexually assault 72 people, a damning report has found.

Dame Janet Smith's review found there was a culture of "reverence and fear" towards celebrities at the corporation.

One employee who complained about Savile was told: "Keep your mouth shut, he is a VIP."

After the report's publication, BBC director-general Lord Hall apologised to the victims, saying: "The BBC failed you when it should have protected you."

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BBC Trust apologises over Savile and Hall abuse

The BBC Trust has issued an apology to the victims of Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall following the publication of a damning report into the corporation's handling of their behaviour.

Rona Fairhead said the corporation "turned a blind eye" and had "failed" the victims.

"It turned a blind eye, where it should have shone a light.

"And it did not protect those who put their trust in it."

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