UK sex abuse inquiry highlights ‘serious failings’ at BBC

Two damming reports into sexual abuse cases of former BBC TV presenter and radio hosts, Jimmy Savile and James Stuart Hall criticize the media corporation for its failure to prevent such occurrences.

“Serious failings at the BBC allowed Savile and Hall to sexually abuse nearly 100 people for decades”, said the reports published by an independent inquiry on Thursday.

In October 2012, the BBC set up a review under Dame Janet Smith in order to carry out an impartial investigation of the corporation’s culture and practices during 1964 and 2007, the years it employed Savile.

The inquiry criticizes the BBC for failing to examine the personality of Savile and Hall critically despite wide range of rumors. It found that a majority of victims were worried about reporting potential abuse by the ones considered as stars.

“An atmosphere of fear still exists today in the BBC possibly because obtaining work in the BBC is highly competitive and many people no longer have the security on an employment contract,” Smith, a former court of appeal judge concluded in the reports.

She found BBC staff “more worried about reputation than the safety of children”.

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