Wilfred De'ath

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Wilfred De'Ath (28 July 1937[1][2] – 19 February 2020) was a British author and a journalist. He worked for the BBC in the 1960s and 1970s and writes a column in The Oldie.[3] De'Ath was born to a German mother and English father and grew up in Elstree, Hertfordshire, England. He studied at the University of Oxford. During the 1990s, De'ath served prison sentences for a theft.[3]

On 11 November 2012, De'ath was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree in an alleged connection with the Jimmy Savile–BBC sex scandal;[4][5][6] he was later released without charge after the complainant withdrew her statement.[7] De'ath was later told that he would not face any charges, and said that the police action had been "overzealous".[8]

De'ath died on 19 February 2020 at the age of 82.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Obituaries, Telegraph (20 February 2020). "Wilfred De'Ath, former BBC producer who in his Oldie column chronicled his scurrilous adventures thieving and sleeping rough – obituary". The Telegraph.
  2. "RIP Wilfred De'Ath (1937-2020)".
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dougary, Ginny (3 April 2013). "I've led a VERY wicked life: Wilfred de'Ath, BBC producer, thief and vagrant on going from riches to rags". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  4. "Jimmy Savile: police arrest third man over historic sex abuse allegations". Telegraph. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  5. "I know how Lord McAlpine feels". The Telegraph. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  6. "No charges against ex-BBC producer Wilfred De'Athv". BBC News. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.[permanent dead link]
  7. "No charges against ex-BBC producer Wilfred De'Ath". BBC News. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  8. "Police's Savile Yewtree inquiry 'has gone too far'". BBC News. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  9. RIP Wilfred De'Ath (1937-2020)

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Howard Malchow (18 February 2011). Special Relations: The Americanization of Britain?. Stanford University Press. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-8047-7783-4. Retrieved 4 April 2013. In the summer of 1970 the BBC turned to Wilfred De'Ath to "explain" the countercultural phenomenon in England. De'Ath—whose eclectic interests were those of a freelance opportunist—had no particular connection with the...