Oct 22, 2012
Former BBC chief Mark Thompson, who will take over as president and CEO of theNew York Times next month, said he “never heard allegations or complaints” about long-time BBC personality Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011 but who is now being investigated for allegedly sexually abusing numerous underage girls over the course of four decades.
One incident of alleged abuse, according to an eyewitness who was a producer at BBC, took place in Savile’s BBC dressing room.
From 1979 to 2004, incoming New York Times CEO Mark Thompson worked in various production, editorial, and directorial positions at the BBC. Then, in 2004, he became the BBC’s director general, a position he held until mid-August 2012.
Sir Jimmy Savile worked at the BBC from 1964 to 1994. During that time, he held prominent host/presenter jobs for the popular shows “Top of the Pops,” “Clunk Clink,” and “Jim’ll Fix It.” All three programs dealt primarily with teenagers and young kids and issues important to youth culture.
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 2:51 am