Jimmy Savile was a TV entertainer for the BBC, and an icon for many until his death last year. Now, with over 200 witnesses stepping forward, he is an accused predatory sex offender.
According to CNN, a scandal has erupted with allegations being made the Savile sexually abused mostly teenage girls and boys for decades. Now accusations are flying as to past evidence and accusations that never led to formal investigations.
The allegations made by several women were aired two weeks on the BBC's rival station, ITV, according to Al Jazeera. BBC Director General George Entwistle told lawmakers on Tuesday night that the corporation knew about the allegations last December, but kept them quiet and went on to broadcast Savile tribute shows.
The BBC, a generally trusted corporation, has seen considerable backlash from how they have dealt with the situation, according to news sources. In efforts to smooth the controversy, Entwistle said that the fault was not all on the BBC, pointing to a lack of newspaper coverage.
This scandal brings up the issue of sexism within the male-dominant BBC. Many are wondering about the structure of the corporation that enabled Savile to continually commit the abuse, and who is to blame for dropping last year's investigation.