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BBC banned programme on sexual attacks by its own TV personality

BBC banned programme on sexual attacks by its own TV personality
BBC canceled the investigative report exposing its popular presenter Jimmy Savile’s predatory sexual attacks on scores of children that was scheduled to have been broadcast in December 2011 in the Newsnight programme. Just last week a report by a panel investigating Savile’s sexual crimes at one of the hospitals where he volunteered reported he had attacked 60 people there, about half of them under 16 years, some as young as eight. 

A report by the Metropolitan Police and the Britain’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said in 2013 that 214 criminal offences have been formally recorded in which Savile is a suspect and these took place from 1955 to 2009. Many of the abuses took place in 14 medical establishments. British Members of Parliament have expressed concern over the BBC ignoring sexual abuses by its own employees.

The Guardian reported in 2012 that Labour MP Harriet Harman had asked what it was about the BBC and the hospitals where the abuses took place that had prevented people coming forward when Savile was alive. And after the newspaper exposed allegations against BBC employees in 2013, Conservative politician Rob Wilson said, “For years the BBC’s management allowed a culture to develop of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse and allowing powerful bullies to prosper.”

“The internal culture of the BBC was rotten and it remains to be seen whether it still is,”he added according to the newspaper. Wilson, an MP at that time, is now the Minister for Civil Society. Later in 2013, Wilson accused the BBC Trust’s chairman, Lord Patten, of displaying “chilling behaviour”when he tried to prevent Wilson from publishing the contents of an audio recording that brought into question a key aspect of an inquiry into the cancellation of the Newsnight programme, according to The Telegraph. 
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