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Started by RankBajin on Oct 29, 2011 2:57:01 PM
Sir Jimmy Savile dies aged 84

http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16099015

So:

  • Kiddly fiddler?
  • Corpse toucher?
  • Other? (please specify)
  • All of the above?

Cavewoman - 02 Nov 2021 09:03:53 (#17125 of 17322)

From today's Guardian - the story of just how reluctant the BBC was to go public:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/nov/02/jimmy-savile-bbc-journalists-risked-jobs-reveal-truth

Lawlsie - 02 Nov 2021 10:26:24 (#17126 of 17322)

Protecting themselves first is how so many institutions react. Compounding the abuse still further by alienating a decent and honourable journalist who just wanted to get the truth out.

xDiggy - 02 Nov 2021 11:41:43 (#17127 of 17322)

On the Monday after his death, during the news editors’ 9.15 morning meeting at BBC headquarters in west London, those present were asked to take coverage of Savile’s funeral seriously. The concern was that the news editors might sneer at Savile; they were reminded that, to much of the audience, Savile was a northern hero.

It's kind of astonishing given that nobody who had been near the internet in the past decade (or watched Louis Theroux) could have been unaware of the kind of, um, skeletons that were likely to fall out of his closet.

Oldbathrobe1 - 02 Nov 2021 11:55:20 (#17128 of 17322)

Armando Iannucci said the only joke he was forced to drop from Malcolm Tucker's rants was "That's as inevitable as what they'll find in Jimmy Savile's basement when he dies!"

Lawlsie - 02 Nov 2021 12:12:06 (#17129 of 17322)

The BBC wasn't so much protecting Savile as protecting itself. Liz MacLean fought like stink to get the story of the abused girls out. She didn't do it for her career - in fact as that piece demonstrates it harmed her career. But she wanted those girls to have their story told.

It may be wrong to speculate but I wonder if the stress contributed to her death from a stroke at such a ridiculously young age? She wasn't just over ridden by her editors at the BBC which is bad enough. She was shunned by colleagues and that is incredibly painful. It all stinks of don't rock the boat. Who cares about those girls when the reputation of the nation's broadcaster is at stake.

Shadrack22 - 02 Nov 2021 12:14:26 (#17130 of 17322)

It's kind of astonishing …….

Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service on BBC 6Music had a whole section on Savile just after he died including a humorous rundown of his top ten catchphrases. And in at number five, it’s ‘Now then, guys and gals.’

solomongursky - 02 Nov 2021 12:15:07 (#17131 of 17322)

From today's Guardian - the story of just how reluctant the BBC was to go public:

So the first swirling rumours and claims, even while the BBC and papers were promoting hagiographies of the man, were curses toward him from his actual victims on social media.

Shadrack22 - 02 Nov 2021 12:16:20 (#17132 of 17322)

Sorry, this episode is not currently available:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016z0ns

Fancy that!

solomongursky - 02 Nov 2021 12:25:39 (#17133 of 17322)

Within a few weeks of Savile’s death, MacKean had collected on-the-record testimony from 10 women who had been at Duncroft. Seven had been abused and three had witnessed abuse by Savile. It had been difficult to convince them to go public. Some told her they worried they would be seen as complicit; they were sure they wouldn’t be believed. Some feared a backlash, that people would claim they were out for something: compensation, notoriety.

Prince Andrew's lawyers pointed out that his alleged victim got £160k off the Mail for that photo of her and the prince together.

xDiggy - 02 Nov 2021 12:31:21 (#17134 of 17322)

I just reread the first three dozen posts on here from the day he died. That’s how much of a surprise all this should have been.

Lawlsie - 02 Nov 2021 12:33:34 (#17135 of 17322)

Tut tut Diggy. Have you forgotten!? The very worst crime - THE worst crime - you can commit in this country is to embarrass the establishment.

FleurDuMal - 02 Nov 2021 12:35:48 (#17136 of 17322)

Heh, I’ve just re-read the beginning of the thread too! This made me laugh:

Leftie - 29 Oct 2011 16:43:41 ( #60 of 17135)

I bet The Guardian are relieved they closed The Talk. It'd be a nightmare having him die at the weekend with no moderators.

Lawlsie - 02 Nov 2021 12:36:13 (#17137 of 17322)

You can't libel the dead.

solomongursky - 02 Nov 2021 12:38:33 (#17138 of 17322)

shadwell - about 10 years ago ( #136 of 17136) From comments on the DM

I think Abdullah Ibrahim Mohammed al Saleemi Bisha Mohammad's warm tribute said it for all of us:

Nice to see ya to see ya!!!

HouseOfLametta - 02 Nov 2021 12:44:00 (#17139 of 17322)

Bensawbridge - 29 Oct 2011 15:16:49 ( #20 of 17138)

I once saw him eating a fuddruckers burger with his mother

StakludKar - 03 Nov 2021 12:03:33 (#17140 of 17322)

Whither DorianJHawkback at #79:

DorianJKHawkwack - 29 Oct 2011 18:58:10 ( #79 of 17139)

Something very wrong with Jimmy Savile.

My ex was a nurse at Leeds General, and lived in Roundhay not far from him. She said the rumours about him and cadavers were rife, and nobody trusted him. He worked as a porter (voluntary) but he gave everyone the creeps.

I spent one boring day on a train with him up to Glasgow and back filming a BR ad back in the 80s. He was someone who couldn't hold a conversation at all. All he did was talk: either about himself, or make some naff joke. What a tedious, tedious old twat he was.....



Everyone has a sexual outlet. I dread to think what his must have been.

Looking forward to the TV film of his life. My bet is it'll outshine Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howard as all the dirt comes out at last...

FleurDuMal - 03 Nov 2021 12:12:21 (#17141 of 17322)

Rumours about Savile had been going round Leeds for decades.

StakludKar - 03 Nov 2021 12:31:43 (#17142 of 17322)

poorsod - 30 Oct 2011 01:28:23 ( #167 of 17140)

Gosh. On the BBC website, nearly 50% of the comments posted have been deleted by the mods for one reason or another.

Lawlsie - 03 Nov 2021 15:08:04 (#17143 of 17322)

I remember asking somewhat rhetorically if he'd ever had consensual sex...

Policywatcher - 03 Nov 2021 18:15:38 (#17144 of 17322)

Back on Coogan for a sec, I really rather enjoyed "Saxondale", but I can't think of much else where he successfully amused.

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