LADYBOY BROTHEL IN COP’S FLAT
Top boss admits 10 employees are under investigation
BBC Director General George Entwistle sparked claims of a sex ring deep in the heart of the corporation when he revealed yesterday that up to TEN staff are being probed for paedophile crimes.
He admitted to MPs there was a ‘culture’ at the organisation that allowed Jimmy Savile and other staff members to molest children.
Giving evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, he said that TEN other employees could be implicated including some still working there.
Entwistle admitted: “There was a problem of culture within the BBC. I don’t believe someone like Jimmy Savile could do what he did without there being a broader problem .
“We’re looking at between five and 10 serious allegations relating to activities over the whole period in question, the Savile period.”
Already implicated are convicted paedo Gary Glitter, 68, who is alleged to have had sex with a teenage girl in Savile’s dressing room, ex-Radio 1 DJs John Peel, who died aged 65 in 2004 and boasted about being given oral sex by underage girls, and Chris Denning, 71, who has been in and out of jail for three decades for abusing boys.
Entwistle was appearing before the committee to explain why the Beeb’s flagship Newsnight show dropped a report that would have exposed Savile as a sick child molester.
A Panorama investigation, viewed by five million on Monday, claimed the report was dropped so it didn’t interfere with the BBC’s plans to celebrate Savile’s career after his death, aged 84, last year.
That report featured evidence from victim Karin Ward, a former pupil at Duncroft Approved School For Girls, who told how she and other pupils had to perform sex acts on Savile in return for cigarettes.
When the BBC refused to air her claims ITV’s Exposure programme did, encouraging more than 100 other women and men to come forward with claims against Savile spanning five decades, from his early career in the 1960s to his death.
Newsnight producer Merion Jones, who came up with the idea for the programme after finding Karin Ward’s story online, said he warned of ‘substantial damage to the BBC’s reputation’ if the film was pulled.
And Newsnight reporter Liz MacKean, who spoke to Karin Ward and several of Savile’s other victims, accused the BBC of failing them.
She said: “I felt we had a responsibility towards them. We had got them to talk to us and above all we believed them. I felt badly about that. I felt we had let them down.”
BBC journalists have spoken of their horror at the corporation’s handling of the Savile story. John Simpson told Panorama: “This is the worst crisis I can remember in my nearly 50 years at the BBC.” A BBC insider said: “For the ex-boss of the corporation to admit that there was a ‘culture’ where this was allowed to go on suggests there was a sex ring.”
PROBED: Entwistle ( above), the BBC and Savile
LET DOWN: Karin SAVILE-STYLE SICKOS: Glitter, Peel and Denning