Jimmy Savile

RIP Paul Daniels: magician, light entertainer, sexual libertine

17 March 2016 12:09

Which of us who grew up in the thrall of Paul Daniels’ magic, under the spell of his Saturday-night humour…

Is the Jimmy Savile report really just an ‘expensive whitewash’?

25 February 2016 15:28

The Dame Janet Smith report into Jimmy Savile has already been labelled an ‘expensive whitewash’ by a lawyer representing 168…

The BBC’s promises to change after Savile are as sincere as a prostitute’s smile

21 January 2016 17:17

It should be easy to admire the BBC’s handling of the Savile scandal. Two of its journalists, Liz MacKean and…

Savile report: 107 BBC staff had heard about Jimmy Savile’s behaviour

21 January 2016 8:24

So who knew about Jimmy Savile? Dame Janet Smith discloses that no fewer than 107 staff had heard rumours about…

The sacred mother-baby bond is being eroded by an overzealous state

14 December 2015 19:31

These figures should send a chill down the spine of anyone who values basic human dignity: in England in 2013,…

Eight years’ jail for a girl with a strap-on. What’s Britain coming to?

13 November 2015 14:46

In a TV stunt, a Brazilian actress recently lay on a beach asking male passers-by to rub suncream into her…

Who would have thought that about Ted Heath? Well…

5 August 2015 13:25

In another blow for freedom and the protection of the vulnerable, Conservative MP Mark Spencer has suggested that anti-terror legislation…

I’d like to nominate myself as Britain’s Paedofinder-General

14 July 2014 14:34

Now that Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has stood down as head of the inquiry into historic sex abuse, I’d like to nominate…

How did paedophilia come to be such a problem in Britain?

7 July 2014 8:53

One problem from which I am confident I don’t suffer is paedophilia. I have always liked picking up babies and…

Five things you need to know about the NHS’s Jimmy Savile report

26 June 2014 16:11

The NHS has released the findings of its investigations into Jimmy Savile’s relationship with several hospitals and the accusations of…

Was I abused by Jimmy Savile?

25 April 2014 17:36

Adverts go out inviting people who think they were sexually abused by the late Sir James Savile to claim compensation.…

The Pollard penny drops for Lord Patten

12 December 2013 12:48

When the Pollard Report into the BBC Jimmy Savile abuse affair was published in December 2012, BBC Trust Chairman Lord…

James Harding’s right: the BBC must do some ‘accountability journalism’, but on the Savile scandal report

5 December 2013 12:13

Director of BBC News James Harding made a fascinating speech on Wednesday, setting out his mission statement for the Corporation’s newsroom:…

In life, Jimmy Savile was excused everything. In death, he is indiscriminately condemned

1 November 2013 9:58

Jimmy Savile and I were both born on 31 October, though separated by 30 years. Sir James would be 87…

A mysterious Patten emerging

22 October 2013 18:22

Lord Patten, the Chairman of the BBC Trust, rarely looks thrilled when being scrutinised, but he was particularly grumpy in…

Mark Thompson’s BBC past haunts

4 April 2013 18:19

Steerpike is back in this week’s magazine. As ever, here is your preview: ‘One of Lord Hall’s predecessors, Mark Thompson,…

Jeremy Paxman's exasperation with the BBC's handling of the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile was clear in his evidence. Picture: Getty

Five key points from the Pollard Review evidence on Newsnight and Jimmy Savile

22 February 2013 22:07

There are over 3,000 pages of evidence in the cache of transcripts, emails, statements and texts for the Pollard Review…

Redacted sections of a transcript of Jeremy Paxman giving evidence to the Pollard Review.

Censor’s black pencil hovers over BBC’s Jimmy Savile review transcripts

22 February 2013 12:12

The BBC has released its (redacted) transcripts and other evidence from the Pollard Review, which examined the decision to drop…

Did Jimmy Savile nonce the entire country?

12 January 2013 17:30

A very good article indeed by Charles Moore in today’s Torygraph, regarding Operation Yewtree and the astonishing news that Jimmy Savile nonced the entire country. You…

Lord Patten’s select committee catfight

27 November 2012 22:28

Sparks flew this morning in the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, as Lord Patten came to verbal blows with…