Brief clip of Savile was seen on Top of the Pops 2 this month, contrary to corporation policy in wake of abuse scandal
The BBC has apologised after a brief clip of Jimmy Savile was shown during a Top of the Pops highlights show.
The footage was seen on Top of the Pops 2 on BBC2 this month. A BBC spokeswoman said: “Although all programmes are reviewed before broadcast, unfortunately this brief appearance was missed. It was removed from iPlayer as soon as we were made aware and replaced with a re-edited version. We apologise for any distress caused.”
The BBC has a policy of removing archive footage of Savile “where the material is likely to cause offence to his victims”. Its inquiry into how he carried out his campaign of sexual abuse over decades while working for the BBC has heard from hundreds of witnesses. It is expected to uncover hundreds of victims targeted by Savile and reveal a culture of ignorance that protected him.
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