The Royal family and Margaret Thatcher were as much to blame for Jimmy Savile as the BBC’, says Noel Edmonds
Th Deal or No Deal host says the whole establishment was implicated for allowing the paedophile DJ to flourish
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TV host Noel Edmonds believes the Royal Family and Margaret Thatcher were as much to blame as the BBC for failing to stop Jimmy Savile’s “unspeakable” crimes.
Edmonds, who worked with Savile at the Corporation, said the whole establishment was implicated for allowing the paedophile DJ to flourish.
Edmonds never liked Savile, he said, describing him as “the absolute depths of depravation” and recalling how he used to wonder why he even had a job.
But responsibility for the prolific sex offending he committed during his decades-long career could not all be laid at the door of the broadcaster, he argued.
He said: “What transpired was unspeakable. But it’s wrong to entirely blame the culture of the BBC.
“Savile was in deep with the Royals, with Mrs Thatcher, with the hospitals and with Broadmoor.
“There’s a whole establishment that let him into its heart. Not just the BBC.”
He argued Dave Lee Travis, the former DJ who received a three-month suspended sentence for indecent assault, was not in the same league.
He said: “He’s not a nasty guy. There was no bad vibe about him. I was never aware of anything remotely sleazy about Dave.”
At worst he was “possibly misguided,” he said.
Sentencing Travis in September, a judge described his offence as “an intentional and unpleasant sexual assault” on a researcher working on the TV programme The Mrs Merton Show.
Edmonds, who has previously spoken of his desire to buy the BBC, described it as a “total mess,” and warned it would be “lost” if it carried on the way it was.
The presenter of Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal said: “There are too many chiefs, they throw money around, but they don’t know what they are throwing money at.”
In a wide-ranging magazine interview, Edmonds said Jeremy Paxman and the Dimblebys were hypocrites who “take the money and then attack the people who pay them.”
Savile is accused of perpetrating sexual abuse on a string of NHS hospital premises, as well as elsewhere.
Earlier this month the High Court heard the number of people intending to make claims after being sexually abused by the disgraced DJ had risen to more than 200.