It’s been reported today that in the wake of ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, which of course featured several women alleging that the late DJ and TV presenter abused them when they were children, the BBC has announced that they are to discontinue airing any repeats of shows featuring Savile.
The corporation has been airing classic editions of Top of the Pops – which was of course hosted by Savile for several years – and had intended to air a repeat of documentary, The Story of Light Entertainment. That will now not be broadcast.
Digital Spy report, “The BBC confirmed that all archive Top of the Pops episodes are ‘postponed’ over the next two Thursdays, as they feature Savile as host.”
It’s also been reported that after ITV’s shocking expose aired earlier this week, a memorial plaque outside the home of the late star has been vandalised with the words “paedophile” and “rapist” scrawled on it…
Of the damage to the memorial, a North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said, “Police will investigate any allegations of criminal damage and deal with them appropriately.
“We would ask people that even if emotions are running high, not to engage in any criminal acts as they will be dealt with in the same way as any other criminal activity.”
The plaque was erected just last month, and read, “Sir Jimmy Savile. OBE KCSG 1926-2011. Entertainer and philanthropist lived here.”
A statue of Sir Jimmy has also been removed from a leisure centre in Glasgow since the shocking documentary aired, and in anticipation of attacks on Savile’s grave, the head of environmental services at Scarborough Borough Council, Andy Skelton, has revealed that they’ll be stepping up security at the cemetery.
He said, “We can confirm that we are reviewing the security arrangements in relation to Woodlands Cemetery.”
It was one of Savile’s last requests to be buried at the cemetery so that he could “see the sea.”
Did you watch the ITV documentary? And if so, what did you make of the allegations in it?