The 75-year-old broadcaster has told of how he despised Savile and how his horrific legacy of child abuse has “poisoned” the BBC
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Veteran TV and radio legendSir Terry Woganhas spoken of his hatred of Jimmy Savile and how his crimes were an open secret at the BBC.
The 75-year-old broadcaster has told of how he despised Savile and how his horrific legacy of child abuse has “poisoned” the BBC.
He said: “He always struck me as creepy. I’ve talked to people and not one of them has said: ‘I really liked him.’”
The Children in Need host recalled a celebrity lunch with journalists revealing that it was common knowledge in the industry what Savile was up to.
“I was sitting at a table having lunch and Savile was sitting one up from me, and also up from me was Jean Rook (the legendary columnist)
“And Jimmy Savile got up to go to the loo, and she looked across at me and said: ‘When are they going to expose him?’
And I said ‘that’s your job.’ And nobody ever did, even though everyone had heard the rumours.
“This whole Savile thing has poisoned everything.”
Paedophile Savile preyed on at least 450 children and young people – many on BBC premises as well as dozens who were sick in hospital wards.
The Radio Two DJ says he worked with Savile on Children in Need and Jim’ll Fix it adding: “He had no talent, except for bombast and self-promotion.
“You kind of admired him for doing as well as he’d done, without any talent whatsoever.”
But Sir Terry is more defensive of Stuart Hall who was jailed in the summer for a series of indecent assaults on children describing him as “a good-humoured fella, very ebullient.
“Jolly, hearty, a good broadcaster, a funny man. I’m not trying to excuse him.
“But it will be interesting to see what will happen when all these cases come to court, how many are proved.”
And he is critical of the way he believes the police have conducted the inquiries into high-profile suspects saying: “The police have obviously decided they must ring the press, knock on people’s doors and arrest them in full view.”
Sir Terry, who has worked for the BBC for all his illustrious career, believes the Corporation has become “too big’ but says it is still “the greatest broadcaster in the world.”
But he has little sympathy for older women in broadcasting who have recently protested the BBC is no longer interested in employing them.
“I think a number of people who have been protesting originally got the jobs because of their glamour. It is a visual medium.”
And he adds that the current crop of attractive women presenters like Holly Willoughby and Tess Daly will be “replaced to the next generation of attractive female presenters.”