Report delayed on Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall abuse at BBC

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The publication of Dame Janet Smith’s report into how Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall carried out campaigns of abuse over decades at the BBC has been postponed at the request of the Metropolitan Police, according to a statement released by the review team.

The review team have “been in contact” with 775 people as part of the investigation and are expected to uncover hundreds of victims and reveal a culture of ignorance which “protected” Savile.

Another report, published in February, said NHS hospitals had still not fully learned the lessons of the Savile scandal.

It said the depraved entertainer was given “endorsement from the very highest level of society” after then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher appointed him in an official fundraising role at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he raped or assaulted at least 63 patients, staff and visitors.

Savile was given open access to the Buckinghamshire hospital while volunteering as a porter from 1969, and despite claims about his horrific behaviour being widespread by the early 1970s senior staff were never told of his “wicked” crimes, many of them against desperately ill children.

It’s A Knockout host Hall was jailed for two-and-a-half years last year after he was convicted by a jury at Preston Crown Court of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 16 and earlier pleading guilty to another indecent assault on the same girl when she was 13.

He was already serving a 30-month jail term after he pleaded guilty in 2013 to indecently assaulting 13 other young girls, aged between nine and 17, over a 20-year period.

Members of the review team visited the court during Hall’s trial and also visited the Shepherds Bush Empire Theatre, which was owned by the BBC, and Television Centre.