BBC "talent" such as Jimmy Savile were more important to the corporation than its values, one witness told Dame Janet Smith during her investigation into abuse by the star.
Dame Janet said celebrities like Savile and Stuart Hall were "treated with kids gloves" and were "virtually untouchable".
She said the failure to properly investigate alleged abuse of young girls on Top of the Pops in the 1970s showed the BBC was more concerned about its reputation than the welfare of the youngsters.
"One witness told me that the talent were more valuable to the BBC than their own values," Dame Janet said.
A former Jim'll Fix It producer said he thought Savile's presence was "unnerving" to children.
Katrina Rose was just 14 when she was abused by Jimmy Savile but told ITV News she fears a similar scandal could happen again now.
Jimmy Savile's abuse could have been stopped if people had listened to "the small voice standing up against authority", Lord Hall has said.