Weekend Savile claims 'unreliable'

Jimmy Savile on Jim'll fix it The review will look at the culture and practices at the BBC throughout the Savile years

Newspaper reports that the BBC 'turned a blind eye' to Jimmy Savile's sex offending have been called 'speculative and unreliable' by the Dame Janet Smith Review.

The weekend stories - said to be based on details from the Review's findings leaked to the Observer newspaper - claim that individuals close to Savile knew about his crimes but failed to act.

They add that the presenter was able to abuse up to 1000 children over five decades on BBC premises.

But an update on the Dame Janet Smith Review website, posted on Monday, says the information does not come from the Review, which was set up in October 2012 to look at the culture and practices at the BBC while Savile was one of its stars.

'The Review has noted recent media comment about the supposed findings in its Report,' it states. 'It is the Review's practice not to comment on media coverage. However, it is necessary to state that the information reported does not come from the Review and that it is speculative and unreliable.

'While the Review fully understands the wish to know what happened at the BBC during the Savile years, the Review is not prepared to give any indication of its findings in advance of the publication of its Report.'

Dame Janet, a former Court of Appeal judge, is expected to publish her findings, including testimony from some of Savile's victims, next month.

Savile last worked for the BBC in 2006. He died in 2011.

A BBC spokesperson said: 'We note what the Review has said about information reported not coming from the Review and that it is speculative and unreliable. This underlines why is it important to wait for the report to be published.'


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