BBC Host May Have Abused 500 Children
The sexual-abuse charges against British media personality and television host Jimmy Savile only get worse, and it appears his former employer, the BBC, did little to prevent it. Savile, who died in 2011, was popular in England, and was knighted by the queen. However, since his death, child-molestation accusations have emerged, and a new investigation by Britain’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children goes even further. The charity said Savile might be the “most prolific sex offender” it had ever come across and that much of the abuse occurred on BBC premises. The broadcast company began investigating Savile’s behavior in 1972, but never acted on recommendations for protecting young audiences, and many continued to be abused. Most alleged victims were reportedly between the ages of 13 and 15, but one was as young as 2. Savile was also given access to Broadmoor hospital, where he reportedly took advantage of patients.