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Conservative chairman Grant Shapps criticises BBC over denial of Jimmy Savile child abuse


By The Drum Team, Editorial

October 12, 2012 | 2 min read

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has cast doubt on the BBC’s denial over knowledge of child abuse by former TV presenter and DJ Jimmy Savile.

Speaking last night on BBC’s Question Time, Schapps stated of the four decades of reported abuse by the late host of Jim’ll Fix It, ; "It seems unimaginable that the people in the BBC didn't know.”

He also questioned why the BBC found it right to broadcast tributes to Savile after his death, knowing the rumours that were around about his conduct.

He said; "after it was already known at senior levels within the BBC that something was wrong, enough to have had a serious Newsnight programme made about it and enough to raise serious concerns".

Over 30 claims have now been made against Savile, with police said to be investigating over 100 lines of enquiry in a campaign of abuse that is said to have lasted four decades.

Several incidents are said to have taken place within Savile’s dressing room within BBC Headquarters in the 70’s.

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