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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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Savile and Hall 'used fame at BBC to abuse vulnerable'

Dame Janet Smith speaks about her report.

Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall used their fame and position as BBC celebrities to abuse the vulnerable, Dame Janet Smith has said.

Dame Janet, who led the investigation into Savile's abuse, described him as "opportunistic and shameless".

"They must be condemned for their monstrous behaviour," she said following the publication of her report.

Dame Janet said she identified five occasions when the BBC "missed an opportunity to uncover their misconduct", saying the culture of the BBC allowed their behaviour to go "undetected for decades".

However, she denied the BBC had sought to influence the review, saying a delay following its completion in April 2015 was due to concerns raised by the Metropolitan Police that it might affect ongoing investigations.

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