Scotsman reporter recounts her own experience of meeting Savile

A REPORTER on The Scotman recounts her own experience of interviewing the late broadcaster, Jimmy Savile, who is facing several allegations of having sexually abused young people.

Claire Smith writes today how encouraging Savile to write two articles for the paper involved a “complex series of negotiations”.

When she met him, in Glencoe, she said she got the impression he was disappointed that she wasn’t younger. She says Savile was not flirtatious but “very odd”.

Meanwhile, the paper also reports that the director of BBC Scotland, Ken MacQuarrie, has been asked by the Corporation’s recently-appointed director-general, George Entwistle, to speak to staff at the news and current affairs programme, Newsnight, on why an investigation into the allegations by BBC journalists was shelved.