Saturday 18 November 2017

My name will be ruined one day, Jimmy Savile predicted

Gordon Rayner London

JIMMY Savile confessed to a reporter that his reputation would collapse after his death and he would come to be regarded as "crooked".

In a previously unpublished interview given by Savile two months before he died, he admitted he was "not a straight punter".

The 'Jewish Chronicle' obtained a transcript of the interview, which was about Savile's work with Jewish charities, but which included the BBC star's enigmatic reference to his murky past.

Asked what he would choose if someone could "fix it" for him, Savile told a reporter: "A telephone in heaven."

When he was asked why, he said: "Just leave it at that. That's the trouble with you fellas, you always want to delve." He then added that he was "not a straight punter".

"When I'm gone, they'll say: 'I always thought he was straight, but he wasn't -- he was crooked.'"

Savile was born and raised as a Roman Catholic, but raised money for several Jewish charities. Savile died aged 84 in October last year.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the BBC 'Panorama' programme will broadcast an investigation on Monday night into 'Newsnight's' decision to drop a report on Savile.

The documentary will be shown before George Entwistle, the BBC director general, appears before a committee of MPs. The programme is said to include an on-screen interview with at least one alleged victim of Savile. Mr Entwistle has been called to give evidence to the British parliament's culture, media and sport select committee on Tuesday, when he will be asked how much he knew about the 'Newsnight' probe and the decision to discontinue it.

Problem

Michael Crick, Channel 4 News' chief political correspondent, said the timing of the 'Panorama' broadcast was a "huge problem" for Mr Entwistle.

The director general has claimed from the outset that while he was aware that 'Newsnight' was looking into Savile at the end of last year, he did not know what the investigation was about.

'Newsnight' editor Peter Rippon has insisted the investigation was dropped for "editorial reasons".

At least six celebrities have now been accused of child abuse on BBC premises or while they were BBC stars.

They include Savile, the Steptoe and Son actor Wilfrid Brambell, the singer Gary Glitter, a former BBC radio presenter and the comedian Freddie Starr. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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