Sir James Wilson Vincent "Jimmy" Savile (31 October 1926 - 29 October 2011) OBE KCSG was an English DJ, and television presenter. A year after his death, he was accused of many counts of child sexual abuse and rape.
Savile started being a DJ at Radio Luxembourg in 1958. He stopped working for them in 1967. In 1968 he joined BBC Radio 1. On New Year's Day 1964 he presented the first edition of the BBC music chart television programme Top of the Pops. In 1971 he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
In 1990, he was made a Knight Bachelor for his charity work.
Savile never married. He lived with his mother, and when she died he lived in the same house.
Sex offences[change | edit source]
In 1963, a male told police that Savile had raped him.
Since he died in 2011, 589 people have made complaints about Savile to the police. 31 said that they were raped by Savile. 16 said they were under 16 when Savile raped them. Police called Savile "Britain's biggest paedophile". In March 2013 Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary reported that 214 of the complaints that had been made against Savile after his death would have been criminal offences if they had been reported at the time.
On 3 October 2012 a television programme called Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile was shown on ITV. In it several women said that Savile sexually abused them when they were teenagers. Exposure Update: The Jimmy Savile Investigation, was shown on ITV on 21 November 2012.
References[change | edit source]
- Telegraph obituary
- Police to make arrests
- BBC obituary