Mary Kenny: Cloak of shame that hidSavile's secret desires
So now the BBC -- that high-minded British Broadcasting Corporation founded by Sir John Reith, Scottish Calvinist -- stands accused of having facilitated, and covered up, the crimes of the late Jimmy Savile in molesting and raping young teenage girls.
BBC luminaries such as Esther Rantzen and the music broadcaster Paul Gambucini have wrung their hands and admitted that "everyone" knew about Savile's penchant for young female flesh. Ms Rantzen, who famously founded Childline, broke down in tears last week and said: "We all colluded with him -- didn't we?"
Mr Gambucini said: "Jimmy Savile had an imperial personality in showbusiness. You just didn't mess with Jim -- you let him have his turf."