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BBC to scrap broadcasting old Top of the Pops episodes featuring Jimmy Savile

The BBC is to attempt to gloss over its past relating to DJ and presenter Jimmy Savile by no longer broadcasting episodes of Top of the Pops fronted by the late DJ and presenter.

Following hundreds of allegations of sexual assault, many by people who were children at the time of the incident, the BBC will scrap broadcasting old episodes of Top of the Pops featuring Savile on BBC, the Daily Mail has reported.

Savile hosted the first episode of the programme in 1964, but ended his run in 1984, only to be invited back to present the final episode in 2006.

A BBC spokesman confirmed the decision, stating: “We will no longer show Jimmy Savile presenting Top Of The Pops. We will assess carefully the editorial justification for any other Savile appearances. This decision was taken after allegations first came to light from the ITV documentary.”

A Christmas Day special of Top of the Pops will go ahead this year however.

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