BBC to Release Savile Evidence Online

BBC to Release Savile Evidence Online

Thousands of pages of information gathered over the BBC’s decision to discontinue its investigation into alleged abuse by Jimmy Savile are set to be made public on Friday.

The decision to publish the evidence was taken after a review called Newsnight’s decision to drop its investigation into child sex claims against the late television star “seriously flawed”.

Some 3,000 pages of emails, interviews and submissions from BBC executives and journalists, including Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, will be put up online.

A police investigation last month concluded that Savile was a predatory sex offender who abused youngsters as young as eight over more than 50 years, using his fame to rape and assault victims on BBC premises, in schools and hospitals.

The Pollard Review was set up last year to examine whether management failings were responsible for the decision to shelve the six-week investigation into claims of sexual abuse against Savile in December 2011.

Savile, known for his catchphrases, garish tracksuits, cigars and jangling jewellery, died in October 2011 aged 84.

Alongside his broadcasting work, the platinum-haired Savile raised huge sums for charity, for which he was knighted.