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Savile Allegations: Ex-Boss Questioned Him
Jimmy Savile's ex-boss said he questioned the DJ over rumours about his private life more than 20 years ago.
Scotland Yard officers say the claims against the late TV presenter span six decades - between 1959 and 2006 - and they are pursuing 340 lines of inquiry.
So far, 12 allegations of sexual offences have been officially recorded but police said there could be 60 victims.
Derek Chinnery, who was BBC Radio 1 controller from 1978 to 1985, admitted he asked Savile directly about the speculation of suspected abuse.
Savile worked at the station from 1969 to 1989, presenting a show of chart songs from previous decades.
Mr Chinnery said: "I asked (Savile), 'what's all this, these rumours we hear about you Jimmy?' And he said, 'that's all nonsense'. There was no reason to disbelieve (Savile)."
Speaking about his acceptance of Savile's denial, Mr Chinnery told BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House: "It's easy now to say how could you just believe him just like that."
He added: "He was the sort of man that attracted rumours, after all, because he was single, he was always on the move, he was always going around the country."
It comes as a former head of the BBC Trust said the corporation needs to be clear there was "no inappropriate influence" involved in a decision to scrap a Newsnight investigation into Savile.
Sir Michael Lyons told Sky News: "If somebody intervened to stop it because it would be an embarrassment at the time they were promoting an entertainment programme on Savile then that would be offensive."
He said the focus on the BBC's role in the Savile allegations amounted to "hysteria".
The scandal surrounding the former Top of the Pops presenter has mushroomed since ITV screened a documentary in which five women alleged they were abused by the celebrity.
Metropolitan Police detectives are in contact with 14 other forces as the number of allegations against the former DJ continues to rise.
The Department of Health has announced it is to investigate how Savile was allowed to work as a volunteer following allegations that he abused and raped patients at Broadmoor hospital in the 1970s and 1980s.
A spokeswoman said there would be an investigation into how he was appointed to lead a "taskforce" overseeing a restructuring of the hospital's management.
Lawyers acting for Savile's alleged victims are said to be considering taking legal action against several NHS trusts and the BBC.
Director General George Entwistle offered an apology to the victims on Friday and announced that two inquiries would be held - into the Newsnight decision and culture and practices at the BBC.
what do you think?
someone said last week about opening a can of worms i think the way this is going theyve opened a very large barrel of worms
Think that was me. truly shocking, all involved should be brought to justice.
Oh the comments have gone.anyway i will ask my question once again.IF JIMMY SAVILE WAS ALIVE TODAY DO YOU THINK HE SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SEXIAL ABUSE.please note ive asked this question now three with only two replies
Three times and only two replies.i meant to say
,Yes if there was enough evidence
So with 12 official complaints and another 60 lines of enquiry you dont think there might be enough evidence? Diane
Robin Van Der Spiegel
Yes of course he would. Stupid question. He would also be able to employ a lawyer and defend himself.
Of course he would be investigated and tried but according to the papers today he was investigated by police 6 times but never enough evidence to charge him
Yes he would' I would see that he got a fair trial and a quick hanging and get all the dogooders to watch.
Yes, I do Shaun, based on the information I have seen already. He indeed would have been arrested, on "suspicion" of sex abuse. As for charged, I do not know. However, I think it would be likely and my reasons are as follows. In their investigations, the police look for patterns of behaviour, terms used and modus operandi. Based on what they have learnt already, I'd suggests that they would convince the CPS that he did have a case to answer. They would not do that if witness statements did not tally. Most of the witnesses (I suspect) do not know eachother, so that would suggest if there were patterns, there was no collaboration.
Good explanation, Michael, anyone with an ounce of common sense would realise it would go on just the word of someone!
Thanks for your sensible answer micheal.
Not! Go on the word of someone
Do you think as he was famous they wouldn't do anything? Well that happened the last time. It's been an open secret about Savile. If the evidence is there he should be charged, taken to court and dealt with like any other person. Just because someone is famous, collects money for charity and is gives a bauble from the pope or our Queen he should still get what the ordinary guy in the street would get
thank you michael for explaining that, of course we wouldnt of known that would we.
Shaun, no where is the evidence going to come from
The seeminly many witnesses
mutiplying by the second.
The evidence s there, alright,....it astounds me how many people on here are so lacking in compassion, and have all but " bad mouthed" the victims of this horrible man, I hope they all find closure and peace..
The evidence of witnesses and victims, it's called testimony, and has hanged many men, and also freed them. It's how the legal system works, but the obtuse among us tend to ignore anything that condems their hero.
Is this the same evidence investigated by the police when he was alive which proved insufficient? Anyone can say anything now cos he's dead
....NOT, I meant
I note andrea your one of the few that hasnt answered my question previouly.
Isn't it funny how "some people's" opinions sway every which way.....;-/
Everybody is entitled to change their minds.but im afraid they often become stubborn and wont admit it.
sorry shaun that i didnt jump to attention,unless they had concrete evidence, answer most prob be no
Obviously theres enough evidence.anway you have the distinction of being the only person to have answered with a no.andrea
bored with all this now to be honest. it will.go.on.for ever
Bored with defending 'your great man', Andrea?
Nice one, chris! ;-)
Hmm! Lets play the " bored" card......floundering maybe!?
Yes robin it does rather a stupid obvious question but there appears to peaple making the same comments over and over again repeatedly say "innocent until proven guilty" which is also a obvious thing to say.but as there will no trial it seem a waste of time to keep saying that.so all we are left with is a media trial whether we like it or not. e
Shaun is that enough people do make things up
So you think their making it up.
who is going to condradict them? their words against a dead man.
Well thats what the investigations are about.but these witnesses will be no doubt interviewed by the police plus others so they would have to be clever liars.
i do know what the investigations are about. wish it was left to that, not this media frenzy.
Yes i agree with that andrea, but im afraid there isnt a media frenzy for nothing.
Hmm,..."some people" on here don't half run with the hare AND the hounds! ;-)
. . . he was never a hero of mine, but it is a horrible thing for the victims, worse still that they probably realized at the time they would be disbelieved and shouted down. But better to clean up the rodent poop in the closet than shy away out of execration.
lets dig him up and ask him if he doesnt answer he must be guilty
Hahaha! Exactly Eric! The whole thing is a waste of time but i'm getting some cracking texts because of it...
Lorgar, you have really suprised me, do you believe he's innocent?
He said the focus on the BBC's role in the Savile allegations amounted to "hysteria". He would say that wouldn't he.
Mr Chinnery said: "I asked (Savile), 'what's all this, these rumours we hear about you Jimmy?' And he said, 'that's all nonsense'. There was no reason to disbelieve (Savile)." Speaking about his acceptance of Savile's denial, Mr Chinnery told BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House: "It's easy now to say how could you just believe him just like that." If your ever in trouble at the BBC just deny it and it will all go away. Wimps.
That's like a cop going up to someone and going 'are you a killer?' 'nope' 'thats all the evidence i need'
Little bit more would be involved, Nicola....
I wondered if anybody can tell me the answer to this question.if the witnesses are proven to be lying and making this all up, could the savile family sue them for defirmation of character,slander or even be prosecuted for purgery or wasting police time.
That's right 40 people are lying. Poor Jimmy done nothing. It was an open secret for years and hope it all come out in the wash with lose still living who did nothing get what they deserve. There are other organisations who were complicit in child abuse particularly in Scotland who Savile had links to but I won't name them as this post would be deleted. Lets hide the truth incase it offends the chronically offended
James no one here has said they are lying.i would to like know more about the slander laws
If he is/was guilty wouldn't he be burning in fires in hell now?? keep the faith and shame them.
Hope he is
What were the questions? Any on truth in these allegations Jimmy? No well that's ok then. The BBC are corrupt and are complicit in child abuse
All the people on here who defend jimmys human rights ie innocent till proven guilty are pathetic he has know rights' We know he is guilty the BBC know he is guilty the NHS know he is guilty history will prove he is guilty any young girl or boy who has been Abused by Saville should be compensated they are the ones who had there dreams shatterd being raped and molested by this vile man who hid behind his fame he gained the trust of every one around him and took advantage '
There's a lady who posts on here who has described these victims, amongst other things as 'dirty, awful, money grabbing b*****s, asking where have they been etc etc' Another guy actually suggested JS was just probably just trying to give them a confidence boost. These attitudes some of the posters on here display give us a small insight into the attitudes these victims faced all those years and decades ago.
Well said, Katie, said with true compassion,...tricky is right, the venom spouted on here is unbelievable!