Of Savile’s 40 male victims, a quarter were under 10
Broadmoor hospital where Savile had set of keys and was at one stage helping run the place but just one offence in 1991 recorded in report
Savile abused dying child, 11, at Great Ormond Street
CPS reveal two forces – Surrey and Sussex – investigated four complaints but didn’t tell each victim there were others.
Among the hospitals 22 offences recorded at Stoke Mandeville between 65-88. Leeds General Infirmary 16 offences between 65-95
Final report says 214 crimes formally recorded against Savile, 450 complainants (three quarters were children).
73% of Savile’s offending was against those aged under 18 – youngest victims 8 years old
18 of Savile’s alleged victims were under the age of 10.
Savile’s peak offending period, according to the allegations, was between 1966 and 1976 – when he was between 40 and 50 years old.
By police force, the most reported offences occurred in the Metropolitan Police area (43) followed by 34 in West Yorkshire, 30 in Thames Valley and 14 in Greater Manchester
Offence at last recording of Top of The Pops in 2006 was against a girl aged between 13-16 years old, Savile was 79 at the time
The earliest recorded allegation against Savile dates back to 1955, in Manchester. The final claim was recorded in 2009.
locations: 57 allegations where at hospital premises (inc hospices) 33 at television or radio studios & 14 relating to schools
Savile Allegations of offences at the BBC range from 1959 to 2006 at the final Top of The Pops recording
While volunteering as a porter in NHS hospitals, Savile attacked 22 victims at Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, and a further 16 at Leeds General Infirmary.
Four offences are recorded at psychiatric hospitals, including one in 1991 at high-security Broadmoor, Berks. Another took place at secure Ashworth Hospital, Merseyside, back in 1971.
List of UK police forces where Savile offences have been recorded
Click this for : Victims tell of horror inside North Wales care home where gang rape, strip searches and vicious canings were a way of life… and Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor
There are currently 29 current and former BBC staff under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct – three times the number originally thought.
It is alleged they were involved in a paedophile ring network that had spread the length of the British Isles : Includes – Sir Peter Morrison, LORD/MP Greville Janner, EX PM Ted Heath, Lord Leon Brittan, Sir Ian Horobin, MP/Lord Boothby – Click this link – Fellowship of paedophiles – Cover-up
In March 1999, Ray Teret, Jimmy Saviles Chauffeur then 57, was jailed for six months for seducing and bedding a 15-year old schoolgirl. I also discovered that in 1980 Jimmy’s older brother John Henry was fired from his job at a London psychiatric hospital for sexually assaulting a female patient. He was alleged to have lifted the patient’s smock and groped at her breasts in his office.
Was Jimmy Saville a paedophile or is he a victim of a witch hunt ?
“Alleged & convicted celebrity paedophiles” named on this page include …. Jimmy Savile, Ted Heath,Gary Glitter, Wilfred Bramble,Jonathen King, Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman, Brian Epstein, John Peel,Chris Denning, Freddy Starr
Jimmy Savile, star of children’s television favourite Jim’ll Fix It, sued the Sun in 2008 over a series of articles linking him to Haut de la Garenne, the Jersey children’s home where human remains were found and children were allegedly tortured and sexually abused. He initially denied ever visiting the home, despite photographic evidence to the contrary. Savile’s reaction was to slap an injunction on The Sun who had to withdraw the picture. This was followed with a series of articles. One asserted that Savile was unwilling to assist with the police investigation and another that he admitted having visited the home. The Sun also criticised Savile for being unprepared to ‘go some way to fixing it for the victims’.
The number of possible sexual abuse victims of Jimmy Savile has risen to 300, Scotland Yard has confirmed. It is thought the TV presenter and DJ, who died last year aged 84, may have abused scores of young girls and some boys over a 40-year period.
Police have so far spoken to over 200 victims and officers have recorded over 300 child sexual abuse allegations. Savile’s great-niece Caroline Robinson has accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 12. Others include …..
MUM Deborah, now 52, was 14 when she says Savile kissed and groped her on a visit to her children’s home.
FIONA, a pupil with Deborah at Duncroft Approved School for Girls, in Staines, Surrey, said she was abused at age 14.
NOW 51, Katrina from Middlesex — seen above as a teen — claims she was only 14 when she was abused by Savile.
CHARLOTTE, another Duncroft pupil, claims she was put in a “padded cell” by staff after trying to lift lid on the TV star.
BEBE, now 62, has also come forward to say she was just 14 when she was molested by the legendary DJ.
ONE woman claims cigar-chomping Jim’ll Fix It star Savile raped her while she was on work experience at the BBC
FORMER beauty queen “Jill”, who is now 61, said the former DJ indecently assaulted her in his caravan when she was 20
ANOTHER woman said Savile took her virginity in a London hotel when she was 15 — and often abused her in his dressing-room.
DEE, told yesterday how he made her “do sexual acts” 40 years ago — inside his caravan in Jersey.
The late TV presenter was questioned in 2007 about the alleged abuse at the now-closed Duncroft Approved School for Girls near Staines, Surrey, where he was a regular visitor.
New details about the police investigation came to light ahead of the broadcast of an ITV documentary which accuses Sir Jimmy, the star of Jim’ll Fix It, of molesting young girls and raping a teenager at the height of his fame.A Surrey Police spokesman said: “In 2007 Surrey Police received a historic allegation of indecent assault which is alleged to have occurred at a children’s home in Staines during the 1970s. The allegation was investigated and an individual was interviewed under caution.
“The matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision, who advised there was insufficient evidence to take any further action.”
What Jimmy Saville said about Gary Glitter in a TV interview in 2009
“Now Gary, all he did was to take his computer into PC World to get it repaired.”
“They went into the hard drive, saw all these dodgy pictures and told the police and the police then ‘Oh we’ve got a famous person … Oh my goodness, yeah we’ll have them’.
“But Gary has not sold ’em, has not tried to sell ’em, not tried to show them in public or anything like that. It were for his own gratification.
Whether it was right or wrong is up to him as a person. But they didn’t do anything wrong but they are demonized.”
Glitter was jailed for indecent images of children in 1999, in 2002 was permanently deported from cambodia due to suspected child sexual abuse, and in 2005 he was jailed in Vietnam for sexually assaulting two girls aged 10 and 11 and was deported back to the UK in 2008
Former prime minister
One of those who stood most to lose was Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister from 1970-74, who was known to visit the Jersey care home the Haute Garrene among others to take young boys on boating weekends on his yacht called ‘Morning Cloud’, or as his bodyguards referred to it, ‘Morning Sickness’.
Heath on the morning cloud
A source spoke to one of his victims and he said about others who were present, and more important, who was supplying the children to him. The person bringing children for him to abuse is Sir Jimmy Saville. He was seen by the witness, victim, taking young boys onboard Heaths yacht the morning cloud when they were at party conference. Allegedly Saville is known for supplying a number of high-profile MP’s with children for them to sexually abuse.
Heath was warned on 4 occasions by the head of the Metropolitan police not to loiter in London’s lavatories and not to try to pick up young boys. Nonetheless, he quickly fell prone blackmailers who insisted he dress up in a ridiculous Gestapo uniform in which he was photographed.
Heath was also sensationally linked to a childrens home in N Ireland. The Kincora Boys’ Home was a home for working boys in Belfast that was the scene of a notorious child sex abuse scandal. The scandal first came to public attention on 3rd April 1980, when three members of staff at the home, William McGrath a notorious homosexual , Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains, were charged with a number of offences relating to the systematic abuse of children in their care over a number of years. Mains, the former warden, received a term of six years, Semple, a former assistant warden, five years and McGrath four years. Former Army Press officer Colin Wallace, who was based in Belfast, has long insisted that the authorities knew boys were being systematically sodomised at the home six years before they decided to act.
Above: Colin Wallace (second from right) in the company of PM Ted Heath at Kincora childrens home
Another famous person linked with Jersey and Savile was Wilfred Bramble (pic below) best known for his role in the British television series Steptoe and Son. Brambell was homosexual at a time when it was almost impossible for public figures to be openly gay, not least because male homosexual acts were illegal in the UK until 1967. In 1962 he was arrested in a toilet in Shepherd’s Bush for persistently importuning and given a conditional discharge.
In the 1960′s ,The former Radio 1 DJ Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman (pic below) owned a large corner shop on the Lea Bridge Rd in London. In March 1994 Freeman revealed on breakfast television that he had become celibate in 1981, but had been bisexual.
“This shop has recently been reported as a place where ‘Fluff’ held kinky parties ,attended by the likes of confirmed bachelor Sir Jimmy Saville , convicted child molester Jonathan King (pic below) the once jailed paedophile broadcaster & former pop star and Brian Epstein, who was at the time the Homosexual manager of the Beatles.
“At these parties , young boys , specially brought over from several childrens homes would be plied with drugs and alcohol.
“However these parties were forced to come to an end when Police chiefs got wind that the MP & Ex Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe (pic below with Ted Heath) was attending them along with several other prominent MP’s…
According to a source: ‘Jimmy Savile was predatory in that he used his hit shows as a vehicle to get to those young girls.
‘All of those who have been interviewed for the documentary were under the age of consent at the time of the abuse. The youngest one was just 13 years old.’
Two say he gave them sexually-transmitted diseases.
Two BBC producers even agreed to speak on camera to Mr Williams-Thomas, with one admitting he thought Savile was abusing young girls. He confesses he didn’t speak out at the time as he feared he’d lose his job because of Savile’s immense influence.
Wednesday’s show alleges that Savile abused a girl he visited at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire, where he is considered a hero after raising millions of pounds to build The National Spinal Injuries Centre.
He is also accused of preying on young girls he met at Duncroft Approved School in Surrey. In one chilling incident he allegedly gave a victim a copy of his 1974 autobiography, writing, “No escape!!” and signing it, “Her keeper”.
Newsnight was told of claims that two other TV celebrities, still alive, sexually abused girls at Television Centre in the 1970s. The BBC bosses ordered that the investigation be dropped. But I expect it was more than likely an attempt at a cover up by the BBC
One woman claimed that the presenter molested her when she was 14 or 15 after inviting her to recordings of Clunk Click, his 1970s BBC family show.
Two claimed that Savile took them for drives in his car and rewarded them with gifts of cigarettes, records, money and places in the Clunk Click studio audience in return for “sexual favours”.
One 14-year-old girl tells the programme how she met Sir Jimmy at a school in Surrey in 1974 and he assaulted her in his caravan which was parked in the school grounds.
All of the women making the allegations were former pupils of Duncroft Approved School in Staines, Surrey, (pictured below) where Savile was a regular visitor.
The Duncroft Approved School was based in an old manor house down Moor Lane. It was originally under Home Office control as a school ‘for intelligent, emotionally disturbed’ girls, until it came under local authority control in the 1970s as a ‘Community Home School’, and finally the children’s home charity Barnardo’s took it over.
In 2007, Surrey Police received a complaint from a woman who said she was indecently assaulted by Savile at Duncroft in the 1970s. The allegation was investigated but no further action was taken.
Another ex-Duncroft pupil, Charlotte, was 14 when she first met Savile. She revealed how she was even punished after telling teachers he had assaulted her in his caravan. “I remember that I sat on his lap. And then I felt this hand sort of go up my jumper and on my breast. I absolutely freaked out.
“Then I was just dragged out of the caravan by two of the staff… and told what a filthy mouth I have, how can I make those terrible accusations, Uncle Jimmy does nothing but good for the school. I was taken to the isolation unit, left there for two or three days.”
Another woman, who was to receive his autobiography with the chilling note inside, is still too scared to reveal her identity despite Savile’s death aged 84 last October. She told how raped her in 1974 when she was just 15 and had sex with her again and again.
She said: “It was in a London hotel. Before I knew it he had me on the bed and he was having sex with me. It happened on a number of occasions. It was very, very quick, very unemotional and that was it.”
Another woman claims Savile attacked her when she was 14 after watching her perform in a choir at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1973. She said: “After the concert, I ran up to him to let him know I was the one who had sent him a letter about the choir. Before I knew what had happened he’d stuck his tongue into my mouth. ”
The programme also interviews a number of Savile’s former colleagues. One, former BBC production assistant Sue Thompson, told how she once walked into his dressing room while he was kissing and groping a girl.
During the filming of the top of the pops, one of the Nolans aged 14 says : “I stood next to Jimmy Savile, and uh I was 14, and he was all over me. You know its a bit like , ahhhggg, I dont like it.” Click this link for that interview – it is at 3:30
“In the 50s, when Savile was running dance halls in the north, he earned himself a reputation as a hard man. In one documentary he says ‘I wouldn’t stand for any nonsense whatsoever. Ever, ever. I never threw anybody out. I Tied them up and put them down in the bloody boiler house until I was ready for them’…
Savile also has some ties with Peter Sutcliffe aka the Yorkshire Ripper. In the picture below he stands by Sutcliffe in Broadmoor whilst he is shaking hands. (Notice the handshake – Masonic). Jimmy Savile, became very good friends with the mass murderer while doing voluntary work at the top-security hospital.
Predator … tracksuited pervert Jimmy Savile volunteers at Broadmoor
Top Of The Pops DJ Savile — famed for his charity work — became a frequent volunteer there and was given his own KEYS. He even had his own MOBILE HOME in the grounds. It is known he abused several vulnerable young female patients at Broadmoor, by using them to clean his mobile home and then sexually abusing them
In a police interview of Sutcliffe he says –
I hit her on the head at least two or three times. I lifted up her clothes and slashed her abdomen and throat.” Mr Sutcliffe also told police he left the murder scene after he heard voices, but couldn’t tell where they came from. He also heard a car being driven away from the entrance to a house. Later he found out that the house was where disc jockey Jimmy Savile lived or did he already know, because he had been visited there just before the attacks ????
Murder scene … where Irene Richardson, top right, died, circled left, and Jimmy Savile’s home, circled right… yards from where Jimmy Savile abused paperboy
Mass killer Peter Sutcliffe murdered third victim Irene Richardson yards from the paedophile DJ’s penthouse. Regular Broadmoor visitor Savile also befriended Sutcliffe after the Ripper was moved to the secure hospital for his slaughter spree.
And the family of Sutcliffe’s first victim are demanding that cops question the killer, now 66, to find out if Savile was involved in any of the 13 Ripper murders or helped cover them up.
Former gravedigger Sutcliffe knifed Irene, 28, and killed her with three hammer blows near toilets in Roundhay Park, Leeds, on February 5, 1977. Leeds-born Savile — suspected of abusing 300 young victims over 50 years — had taken a lease on his flat in Lakeview Court, overlooking the park, in September 1971.
“Savile and Sutcliffe came from the same area and some of Sutcliffe’s crimes took place very close to where Savile lived.
“Both inhabited a world where men were encouraged to take what they wanted by force and where girls and women were seen as things to be used and then discarded. They used sex and violence instead of intimacy to express their inner demons — the need to be powerful and to control girls and women.”
Cops hunting the prostitute slayer took a cast of Savile’s TEETH — most likely to check against bite marks on victims. Sutcliffe NAMED Savile in police interviews and two of his victims were FOUND near Savile’s flat.
The making of a cast of Savile’s teeth was revealed by ex-model and Benny Hill girl Nikki Critcher, who had become friends with Harley Street dentist Dr Mace Joffe around 1980.
Esther Rantzen, the founder of ChildLine, said she now felt a degree of guilt for ignoring “gossip” that surrounded the Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It presenter.
At least five women have spoken to ITV1, claiming they were molested – and in one case raped – by the late entertainer, one of the biggest BBC stars of the 1970s and 1980s.
Some of the alleged incidents are said to have taken place at BBC Television Centre.
Rantzen, who began presenting That’s Life in 1973, told ITV1: “I feel that we in television in his world in some way colluded with him as a child abuser – because I now believe that’s what we was.
“We all blocked our ears to the gossip. There was gossip, there were rumours.”
She described it as “very distressing” to conclude that Savile abused teenage girls, and said those in television had helped turn him into “a sort of God-like figure”.
ITV1 is broadcasting an hour-long documentary about the star, called Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, on Wednesday night.
Sue Thompson, who was a newsroom assistant at BBC Leeds, claims she walked in on Jimmy Saville one day in 1978, when a 14-year-old girl was sitting on his lap.
“He had his left arm up her skirt and he was kissing her,” he said.
However, she kept quiet because she did not think anyone would believe her.
Freddie Starr injunction for “false allegation” of groping girl, 14
(pictured) Freddie Starr appears with Karin Ward on Clunk Click, Jimmy Savile‘s show, in 1974
COMIC Freddie Starr yesterday lost a court gag bid over claims he groped a girl of 14 in Jimmy Savile’s dressing room.
The bombshell claim — described in court papers as a “false allegation” — was made by a woman who said she was attacked by Starr at a party in the 70s.
She also alleged another under-age girl later had sex with paedo pop star Gary Glitter at the same bash.
Starr, 69 — who vehemently denies the claim — won a temporary gagging order at the High Court on Tuesday. But yesterday a judge refused to continue the injunction.
Court papers revealed the woman’s claim — described in the order as “false” — was that: “Freddie Starr groped and propositioned a girl who was then aged 14 at a party in Jimmy Savile’s dressing room in the early 1970s. When she rebuffed his advances he then is alleged to have publicly humiliated her.
“At the same party Paul Gadd (Gary Glitter) was alleged to be present and having sex with another under-age girl.”
The video, originally broadcast on the BBC programme Clunk Click in 1974, showed a 14-year-old Karin Ward appearing in the background alongside Mr Starr.
He has previously refuted all allegations he touched Miss Ward inappropriately, and denied ever meeting her on the show.
Last night, Mr Starr conceded he had appeared on the programme, with his lawyer releasing a statement saying he had been “mistaken”.
The lawyer told Channel 4 news Mr Starr “cannot be expected to recollect every show that he has appeared on and to remember every person that he has ever met”
“In respect of Karin Ward this was not a name that Freddie could remember and therefore had no recollection of meeting her,” he said in a statement.
“It would now appear from seeing footage of a Clunk Click show aired in 1974 that in fact Freddie was mistaken and therefore that he had in fact been on a Jimmy Savile show.
“However, this does not detract away from the fact that Freddie vigorously denies the awful allegation that has been made by Karin Ward, which despite this footage is still totally unsupported and uncorroborated by any other evidence.”
Last week, Miss Ward told ITV she had been “horribly, horribly humiliated” by Mr Starr, who had a “very bad attack of wandering hands” when she was a teenager.
Mr Starr previously said he had met Savile only twice and added: “Don’t tar me with the same brush as a scumbag and a paedophile.”
The comedian, 69, strongly denied meeting the teenager who this week accused him of molesting her at the gathering.
An injunction banning reference to claims relating to Freddie Starr was overturned by a High Court judge.
Mr Starr insisted: “I’ve only met Jimmy Savile maybe twice. He came to see me with his mother at one of my shows.
THE DJS WHO THOUGHT THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING
THERE was a famous broadcaster who once boasted about having a sexual encounter with an under age girl.
At the time, in the mid-Sixties, he was working for a popular radio station in Dallas, Texas.
He later recounted how teenagers used to queue to offer themselves to the DJs. One of his “regulars” was a 13-year-old, although he tried to justify his behaviour by insisting that she looked older.
Eventually the presenter married a 15-year-old Texan girl before the US authorities took a dim view of his predatory antics and he fled home to the UK to make his name on BBC radio.
Late BBC Radio DJ John Peel, who died in 2004, poses wearing a schoolgirl uniform in 1973
The late John Peel’s descriptions of his early days in radio – given in at least two interviews – perhaps help to explain how the late Sir Jimmy Savile was able get away with his behaviour for so long.
In the era of free love the DJs were almost as famous as the rock stars whose music they played. No questions asked, no-strings sex was on a plate as a perk of the job.
In most cases, although often distasteful, it was perfectly legal but it has become clear that in the early days of rock and roll radio a few overstepped the mark.
Peel once described how in the US his Liverpool accent was a magnet to young women who were fans of The Beatles.
“I was suddenly confronted by this succession of teenage girls who didn’t want to know anything about me at all. All they wanted me to do was to abuse them sexually, which of course I was only too happy to do.
It was the glamour of the job. An enormous number of rather attractive young women were prepared to have some kind of clumsy and depressing sexual experience with me.”
He married 15-year-old Shirley Anne Milburn then discovered that crossing some state lines would be a criminal offence as she was considered under age in some states.
Peel later told his second wife Sheila that he hadn’t known the true age of his US bride.
The anything goes attitude at the time was typified by the launch of pirate station Radio Caroline which broadcast from a ship in the North Sea.
A constant diet of rock and roll crackled over the airwaves and the young DJs became sensations.
Then former BBC disc jockey DLT – Dave Lee Travis – was accused of abusing his position to fondle young girls.
FORMER presenter Johnnie Walker has said: “Fans would come out to visit the ship.
“This was the Sixties and people were just making love all over the place, no Aids or anything. So girls would come to the ship and we’d tie their boat alongside and we used to get the engineer to take their boyfriends to look round the transmitters and generators and we’d take them downstairs to the cabins.”
The DJ also recalled that there was a similar laissez-faire attitude to drugs aboard Radio Caroline, which was the inspiration for the 2009 film The Boat That Rocked.
Walker revealed that if they needed fresh supplies he would broadcast a coded message that they had run out of tea.
A few days later a package of spliffs would arrive from his girlfriend on land.
But it was the casual attitude to sex that’s most shocking by today’s standards. The groupie, a girl in her teens whose aim was to have sex with someone famous, was a product of the Sixties.
They targeted bands but DJs had a similar allure.
Also by the late Sixties there were “baby groupies” who started going back stage at 14 and were adept at looking older than their years.
The attitude prevailed that if they were up for it they were fair game.
Music journalist David Hepworth said this week: “It wasn’t seen as being as sinister as it is nowadays.
“You’d have huge rock names who had girlfriends who were 16, 17, or even younger and nobody would write about it. Nobody would particularly bother about it.”
That approach permeated the new radio stations, including Radio 1 which first went on air in 1967.
Several years later John Peel, who died eight years ago, was still running a Schoolgirl Of The Year competition on his show.
Simon Garfield, author of The Nation’s Favourite: The True Adventures Of Radio 1, says:
“It’s certainly true to say that in the Seventies DJs on the station were mobbed wherever they went. Once they got to present Top Of The Pops as well it happened more.
“There were as many groupies throwing themselves at them as there were for the pop stars.”
Former Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn has also explained the culture that existed in the station’s early years.
“I was one of a handful who became at least as famous as the pop stars whose records we were playing. At that time we were the nation’s jukebox and I was notching up audiences of around 20 million for my breakfast show.
“The opportunities to let this go to your head were manifold. There was an endless stream of record pluggers eager to wine and dine you, invitations galore, flattery from all sides and a generous supply of women ready to throw themselves at you.
“I seemed to be a magnet for an extraordinary cross-section of women from desperate housewives to drop dead gorgeous Playboy bunnies.
“I was earning fabulous money, starting at £500 a week in the late Sixties, and had a succession of glamorous girls on my arm.”
It should be pointed out that there is no suggestion that the young women Walker or Blackburn described were under age.
BUT what is true is that back then there were no mobile telephones with cameras, no text messages or emails.
What happened away from the microphone was much less likely to become public. And if the line was crossed during that era people were much more likely to look the other way.
It wasn’t until many years later that Esther Rantzen and her ChildLine charity helped to reveal cases of alleged sexual abuse of children.
However there was one notable case in 1974 when Chris Denning, one of Radio 1’s launch team, was convicted of gross indecency.
It was the first of many convictions here and in Eastern Europe for abusing boys.
Some of the allegations involving Jimmy Savile and underage girls focus on his time at Radio 1 in the Seventies.
They include claims surrounding a programme called Savile’s Travels, which involved him going around the country in a caravan.
In his 1976 autobiography Love Is An Uphill Thing Savile boasted of his encounters with groupies. He described asking organisers of a charity event to choose girls to spend the night camping with him after a disco.
He wrote: “Six girls were selected and all of them were given matching mini-skirts and white boots. They looked good enough to eat.
“The first thing was that the father of one of the girls arrived and hauled her off home.
“She protested loudly but dad would have none of this preposterous situation.”
Savile also told of being caught naked in his caravan with more groupies.
“The heat of the albeit innocent night had caused the girls to shed the majority of their dayclothes. In some cases all. We all resembled some great human octopus.”
Just as telling is that Savile apparently had no concerns that he would face censure, or investigation, by committing details of his sleazy deeds to print.
No doubt he regarded it as harmless fun, even stating that the 11th commandment was “not to get found out”. In the culture that existed in those days, when attitudes to sex were more ambivalent, he could write about his actions with impunity.
Jimmy Savile thought he was untouchable – but times change.
DURING the Sixties pirate radio was broadcasting’s equivalent of rock and roll. Acts such as Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones had burst on to the music scene but, other than by buying expensive records, there was little opportunity for teenagers to hear their music.
At the time the BBC was serving up mainly a diet of cookery and gardening tips, political speeches and educational programmes.
Its choice of music was very conservative and focused on classical concerts.
From abroad there was Radio Luxembourg playing pop but the authorities here tried to prevent newspapers from printing its schedules.
Radio Caroline, named after the daughter of John F Kennedy, was the brainchild of Ronan O’Rahilly, an Irishman who had briefly managed the Rolling Stones.
From the moment it launched on Easter Sunday 1964 with a track by the Stones, Caroline was edgy and brash.
Despite the poor sound quality it gave the nation’s teenagers what they craved.
It operated offshore because no British licence had been granted.
Harold Wilson’s government worried that it was subversive and within three years there were more than 21 pirate stations around the UK, broadcasting to an audience of up to 15 million.
The days of many of the pirate stations were ended in 1967 by the Marine Offences Act which outlawed unlicensed offshore broadcasting and sparked riots by teenagers in London.
However Caroline carried on broadcasting, obtaining supplies from the Netherlands and relying on foreign advertisers to sidestep the new law.
The BBC finally responded by launching Radio 1 and the heyday of pirate radio ended.
However, many of the DJs who went on to become household names began their careers on pirate stations, including John Peel, who started at Radio London.
Kenny Everett, a presenter known for his excessive behaviour, was also a DJ there.
But perhaps because of the “pseudo rock star” status they enjoyed a few among the new breed of DJs thought that they could continue in their wild ways and not be challenged.
You must be logged in to post a comment.