Monday 9 December 2019

Gary Glitter to be paid thousands in royalties after BBC airs Top of the Pops repeat

Gary Glitter
Gary Glitter

THE BBC has been criticised for showing an archive performance of Gary Glitter on Top of the Pops that will earn the disgraced star hefty royalties.

Convicted sex offender Gary Glitter stands to be paid thousands of pounds in royalties after the BBC aired a repeat of him performing on Top of the Pops in 1977.

The footage, which was shown on Saturday as part of the popular re-runs of episodes from the 1970s, featured Glitter singing It Takes All Night Long, which also caused many viewers to remark on the rather unfortunate lyrics. The first line includes the words "Cuddle me close. Hold me tight".

Many viewers made official complaints, expressing their disgust that Glitter would receive money from the airing of the TV show, as well as making their opinions heard via social networks Facebook and Twitter.

But BBC bosses defended their decision to air the show - stating it would be inappropriate for them to have edited out Glitter's performance: “It would be inappropriate for the BBC to rewrite history, so the programme was shown in its entirety.”

Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) was convicted of possession of child pornography in the United Kingdom in 1999, after pleading guilty to 54 offences of making indecent photographs of children.

In 2006 he was jailed in Vietnam for 26 months for abusing two girls aged 10 and 11.

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