Wilfred De'ath

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Wilfred De'Ath (28 July 1937[1][2] – 19 February 2020) was a British author and 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 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. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/02/20/wilfred-death-former-bbc-producer-oldie-column-chronicled-scurrilous/
  2. https://www.theoldie.co.uk/blog/rip-wilfred-death-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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Jimmy Savile: police arrest third man over historic sex abuse allegations". Telegraph. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "I know how Lord McAlpine feels". The Telegraph. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "No charges against ex-BBC producer Wilfred De'Athv". BBC News. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "No charges against ex-BBC producer Wilfred De'Ath". BBC News. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "Police's Savile Yewtree inquiry 'has gone too far'". BBC News. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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... CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)