World Bulletin / News Desk
The BBC is facing another wave of criticism over the Jimmy Savile scandal.
A review by Dame Janet Smith, due to be published later this year, has spoken to hundreds of witnesses and victims of the children’s television presenter.
Those close to the inquiry suggest that up to 1,000 people could have fallen victim to Savile’s sexual abuses over 50 years.
Some BBC staff reportedly simply turned a blind eye to his offending, it is also claimed.
Peter Saunders, the chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, which has been consulted on the inquiry, said: “I think the 1,000 figure is based on 50 years of him offending.
“It has been said that he didn’t have a quiet day in his life. There wasn’t a day when he wasn’t up to something, so 1,000 might not be far from the truth.”