Savile could be the BBC’s ‘phone-hacking scandal’, says Scottish Sun columnist

THE allegations of sexual abuse made against the late broadcaster, Jimmy Savile, could add up to the BBC’s version of the phone-hacking scandal that last year engulfed the newspaper industry.

The claim comes from Bill Leckie, columnist on The Scottish Sun.

Savile is alleged to have, among other things, sexually assaulted young people on BBC premises.

Last year, the News of the World was closed down amid allegations of phone-hacking.

Leckie writes today: “For the BBC, this could be their own version of the phone-hacking scandal.

“After all, if tapping calls was enough to close the News of the World, what next for a publicly-funded broadcaster who quite clearly aided and abetted child abuse?

“If Corporation bosses not only saw nothing wrong in Savile’s actions at the time, but were still so far in denial only months ago that they scrapped a Newsnight investigation into him, it must be asked how many others within those walls were also taking advantage.”