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January 11, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The late entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused children on an unprecedented scale in Britain over half a century, using his fame and charitable work to deflect accusations of misconduct and to find vulnerable victims, particularly youngsters in hospitals, police said Friday. A report by Scotland Yard after weeks of investigation painted a sickening portrait of a pedophile who molested hundreds of young people across the country between 1955 and 2009, a period during which he rose to national prominence and received various awards, including from Queen Elizabeth II, for his charity work.
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January 11, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The late entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused children on an unprecedented scale in Britain over half a century, using his fame and charitable work to deflect accusations of misconduct and to find vulnerable victims, particularly youngsters in hospitals, police said Friday. A report by Scotland Yard after weeks of investigation painted a sickening portrait of a pedophile who molested hundreds of young people across the country between 1955 and 2009, a period during which he rose to national prominence and received various awards, including from Queen Elizabeth II, for his charity work.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Few U.S. music fans are likely to recognize the name of Jimmy Savile, the late British TV show host and self-manufactured media personality whose alleged criminal past as a predatory pedophile is currently at the center of a scandal that is rocking the BBC and Britain. The allegations against the peroxide-haired Savile, who cultivated the image of a gaudily attired, good-natured goofball and until recently was regarded by most Brits as a lovable, harmless eccentric, are horrifying: that he was a serial molester who used his celebrity (and his role as a volunteer with several children's charities and hospitals)
WORLD
January 2, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- Police made two arrests Wednesday in an investigation triggered by allegations of sex crimes committed by the late Jimmy Savile, a BBC television presenter and disc jockey.  In a brief statement, London's Metropolitan Police Service said it had “arrested two men on suspicion of sexual offenses.”  The BBC named one as Jim Davidson, a 59-year-old comedian and former BBC presenter.     Davidson hosted "The Jim Davidson Show"...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - A scandal engulfing Britain's venerable BBC widened Monday with the announcement that a senior news editor was stepping down pending the outcome of an investigation into why he axed a program about accusations of child sexual abuse by one of the broadcaster's most famous on-air personalities. Britons have reacted with horror to allegations that Jimmy Savile, a TV fixture beloved for his eccentric persona and philanthropic efforts, molested or sexually assaulted dozens of young girls over decades, sometimes in the British Broadcasting Corp.'s own studios.
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December 19, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - The BBC did not deliberately cover up sex abuse allegations against one of its most famous hosts in order to go ahead with tribute shows to him after his death, but its decision to drop a news investigation into the accusations was "seriously flawed," a highly anticipated report released Wednesday says. After the allegations of serial child sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile came to light on a rival broadcaster, the BBC's management mounted a confused, inept and completely inadequate response, the report says.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2012 | By David Ng
Looking to put a child sex-abuse scandal behind it, the BBC has named a major figure from classical opera as its director general. Tony Hall has served as the chief executive of the Royal Opera House in London since 2001. His job at the BBC is expected to begin in March. Hall's appointment may seem a bit arbitrary at first glance - the equivalent of making the Metropolitan Opera's Peter Gelb the head of CNN. But the hire isn't as random as it appears. Before the Royal Opera House, Hall worked at the BBC for close to 30 years, heading the BBC News for part of that.
WORLD
January 2, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- Police made two arrests Wednesday in an investigation triggered by allegations of sex crimes committed by the late Jimmy Savile, a BBC television presenter and disc jockey.  In a brief statement, London's Metropolitan Police Service said it had “arrested two men on suspicion of sexual offenses.”  The BBC named one as Jim Davidson, a 59-year-old comedian and former BBC presenter.     Davidson hosted "The Jim Davidson Show"...
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
It's disappointing to see leaders, public figures and CEOs undone by sex scandals. But it becomes a tragedy when these cases are of an abusive nature. And worse yet, when they're kept quiet, leaving the victims even more powerless. The Penn State case, in which Jerry Sandusky abused young boys while Joe Paterno and  administrators worried more about the institution than the victims, was a harsh reminder that we can't blindly trust people, even respected members of our communities.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before packing in case the Mayans are right. The Skinny: It's cold here! What's up with that? Wednesday's headlines include Time Warner Cable dropping the little arts channel Ovation and a review of "Zero Dark Thirty. " Also, satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM names a new interim chief executive. Daily Dose: If you can't find a big TV to watch the Super Bowl, fear not. The NFL will again make the big game available. Also being streamed will be the wild card playoff games and the Pro Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before packing in case the Mayans are right. The Skinny: It's cold here! What's up with that? Wednesday's headlines include Time Warner Cable dropping the little arts channel Ovation and a review of "Zero Dark Thirty. " Also, satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM names a new interim chief executive. Daily Dose: If you can't find a big TV to watch the Super Bowl, fear not. The NFL will again make the big game available. Also being streamed will be the wild card playoff games and the Pro Bowl.
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December 19, 2012 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
LONDON - The BBC did not deliberately cover up sex-abuse allegations against one of its most famous hosts in order to go ahead with planned tribute shows to him after his death, but its decision to drop a news investigation into the accusations was “seriously flawed,” a highly anticipated report has found. After the allegations of serial sexual abuse of children by Jimmy Savile came to light on a rival broadcaster, the BBC's management mounted a confused, inept and completely inadequate response that showed considerable internal distrust and that eventually cost the job of its new director general, said the report, released Wednesday.
WORLD
December 19, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - The BBC did not deliberately cover up sex abuse allegations against one of its most famous hosts in order to go ahead with tribute shows to him after his death, but its decision to drop a news investigation into the accusations was "seriously flawed," a highly anticipated report released Wednesday says. After the allegations of serial child sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile came to light on a rival broadcaster, the BBC's management mounted a confused, inept and completely inadequate response, the report says.
WORLD
December 6, 2012 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- Internationally known public relations consultant Max Clifford was arrested Thursday by British police investigating cases of sexual abuse. The 69-year-old media guru was the sixth person to be questioned by police in the widening inquiry. Although the police report stated simply that "officers working on Operation Yewtree have this morning, Thursday 6 December, arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation," media reports quoting Clifford's attorney Charlotte Harris named him as the suspect.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2012 | By David Ng
Looking to put a child sex-abuse scandal behind it, the BBC has named a major figure from classical opera as its director general. Tony Hall has served as the chief executive of the Royal Opera House in London since 2001. His job at the BBC is expected to begin in March. Hall's appointment may seem a bit arbitrary at first glance - the equivalent of making the Metropolitan Opera's Peter Gelb the head of CNN. But the hire isn't as random as it appears. Before the Royal Opera House, Hall worked at the BBC for close to 30 years, heading the BBC News for part of that.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
It's disappointing to see leaders, public figures and CEOs undone by sex scandals. But it becomes a tragedy when these cases are of an abusive nature. And worse yet, when they're kept quiet, leaving the victims even more powerless. The Penn State case, in which Jerry Sandusky abused young boys while Joe Paterno and  administrators worried more about the institution than the victims, was a harsh reminder that we can't blindly trust people, even respected members of our communities.
WORLD
December 19, 2012 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
LONDON - The BBC did not deliberately cover up sex-abuse allegations against one of its most famous hosts in order to go ahead with planned tribute shows to him after his death, but its decision to drop a news investigation into the accusations was “seriously flawed,” a highly anticipated report has found. After the allegations of serial sexual abuse of children by Jimmy Savile came to light on a rival broadcaster, the BBC's management mounted a confused, inept and completely inadequate response that showed considerable internal distrust and that eventually cost the job of its new director general, said the report, released Wednesday.
WORLD
December 6, 2012 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- Internationally known public relations consultant Max Clifford was arrested Thursday by British police investigating cases of sexual abuse. The 69-year-old media guru was the sixth person to be questioned by police in the widening inquiry. Although the police report stated simply that "officers working on Operation Yewtree have this morning, Thursday 6 December, arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation," media reports quoting Clifford's attorney Charlotte Harris named him as the suspect.
WORLD
November 12, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - They're words that the BBC isn't accustomed to hearing about itself: "shoddy journalism" on one of its premier investigative programs, "unacceptable mistakes" by senior staff, a director general with "the leadership qualities of Winnie the Pooh. " The august British broadcaster, one of the world's biggest media brands, is battling mounting criticism and outright ridicule as it scrambles to contain its worst crisis in years. Public faith in "the Beeb" has plunged as the result of one program on an alleged child molester that it didn't air - and one that, unfortunately, it did, falsely implicating a former politician.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2012 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - A scandal engulfing Britain's venerable BBC widened Monday with the announcement that a senior news editor was stepping down pending the outcome of an investigation into why he axed a program about accusations of child sexual abuse by one of the broadcaster's most famous on-air personalities. Britons have reacted with horror to allegations that Jimmy Savile, a TV fixture beloved for his eccentric persona and philanthropic efforts, molested or sexually assaulted dozens of young girls over decades, sometimes in the British Broadcasting Corp.'s own studios.
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