Dame Janet Smith’s report looking into Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse at the BBC has been published today and identifies 72 victims, including eight who were raped. Ex broadcaster Stuart Hall is also mentioned in the report, which estimates Hall’s victims to be twenty one in number.

The BBC as a corporate body has been cleared of any wrongdoing, however the report goes on to detail some key findings:

  • The victims of Savile in connection with his work at the BBC include eight people who were raped and one instance of an attempted rape. Others faced sexual assaults
  • The majority of the cases took place in the 1970s
  • The largest number of victims was in connection with Savile’s work on Top of the Pops
  • The youngest victim of a sexual assault by Savile was eight years old
  • Eight informal complaints were made
  • Two senior managers are criticised for being “aware” or “probably aware” of Stuart Hall’s sexual assaults on BBC premises.

There is a dedicated website for the Dame Janet Smith Review, which offers links to the full report, Dame Janet’s opening statement and information on the Review, its terms of reference and witness information.

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