Jimmy Savile pictured on day of his last attack

Jimmy Savile molested 72 victims at the BBC and was still abusing women in 2006, aged 79, when the corporation brought him back to host the last ever Top of the Pops, it emerged today.

The "monstrous" entertainer indecently assaulted a woman after filming the episode with presenters Edith Bowman and Reggie Yates, a long-awaited report revealed, as further details of the shamed Jim'll Fix It star's heinous crimes were made public today.

Savile's reign of horrific abuse dated back to 1959 when he raped a 13-year-old girl, before attacks followed "in the corridors, canteens, staircases and dressing rooms of every BBC premises".

Other vile crimes exposed included the rape of a virgin teenager in a hotel and a 15-year-old work experience girl he met in the BBC canteen over a cup of tea.

Twenty one of Savile's female victims were aged 15 or younger, the youngest being 8, while young boys - including an 8-year-old - were also preyed on by the depraved monster.

He even had a "London Team" - a group of schoolgirls he treated like his personal harem - who were regularly waved into his dressing room by a BBC receptionist before the filming of Top of the Pops.

There, one victim said she and others "did whatever Savile told them" before later taking part in the show. Savile arranged for the group to appear on the podium - and in turn on television - but only on the condition that each time he could choose one of the girls to have sex with.

Another of Savile's victims was a 12-year-old girl from Scotland. She was sexually assaulted in a Top of the Pops dressing room after seeing the DJ, who still had a Womble costume on when she met him, rape a 10-year-old boy.

Afterwards the presenter put an arm round each of them and told them that what had happened was a "secret".

In another incident he had a 19-year-old girl meet him at a portable corporate hospitality cabin in Shepherds Bush, west London, before forcibly kissing and groping her behind a curtain while smoking a cigar in a smoke-filled room.

When she ran out and complained to Savile's radio producer, Ted Beston, the victim "was treated as if she was being silly", the report by retired judge Dame Janet Smith found.

Journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson also saw Savile assault a young woman who was working on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, on which the paedophile appeared in 2006, the review says. Savile was nearly 80 years old when he discussed the last edition of Top of the Pops on the programme.

The revelations of Savile's campaign of abuse at the BBC came as:

• Dame Janet's inquiry concluded today that the BBC must undergo "self-examination" to ensure Savile's "terrible" reign of abuse is never repeated;
• It emerged low-ranking and middle managers knew about Savile's abuse but senior executives, who were absolved of any blame by the report, were not compelled to give evidence;
• The monster Jim'll Fix It star raped a virgin who was under 16 at a hotel, raped a 15-year-old girl on work experience after meeting her in the BBC canteen, and indecently touched a woman in his most recent attack in 2006 when aged 79 after filming of the last ever Top of the Pops episode;
• Victims branded the £10million inquiry an "expensive whitewash" because Dame Janet Smith had no power to make senior BBC manager give evidence as part of her three-year review;
• A parallel inquiry into paedophile Stuart Hall revealed BBC bosses were aware - or should have been - that the It's a Knockout presenter was abusing girls;
• BBC Director General Tony Hall apologised to the victims of Savile and Hall, saying: "I am deeply sorry for the hurt caused to each of you. We let you down and we know it";
• Veteran DJ Tony Blackburn, 73, accused the BBC of making him a "scapegoat" after he was sacked on the eve of the release of the damning report into the Savile sex abuse cover-up.

Listen: Investigative journalist David Hencke speaks to Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking

BBC Director General Tony Hall, who today apologised to the shamed entertainer's victims, said Savile "used his celebrity to promise access to excitement and fun, and then grotesquely exploited it". He referred to Savile being known at the time as "King Jimmy" because of his popularity at the corporation.

It also emerged BBC bosses missed five opportunities to snare the "untouchable" star - who died in 2011 aged 84 - as he molested victims over a period of five decades.

If staff did dare try and report him they were told "keep your mouth shut, he is a VIP", the review found, while a parallel inquiry into paedophile Stuart Hall revealed BBC bosses were aware - or should have been - that the It's a Knockout presenter was abusing girls.

Despite the revelations, Dame Janet controversially said the corporation's failure to stop Savile and Hall was not the fault of senior managers.

It also emerged rumours were abound that Savile owned a caravan he used to drive around and carry out depraved sexual assaults, while the studios where he presented Top of the Pops were said to resemble scenes from a Carry On film.

With the set awash with young girls, staff locked doors and even cupboards to their offices and hospitality rooms amid rumours of what the DJ got up to away from the cameras, one of the BBC's ex-editors said.

The ex-husband of presenter Anne Diamond, Mike Hollingsworth, added: "I recall Savile owning a Winnebago, which he used for the occasional stopovers in London.

"There were rumours, of course, about what he used it for but because he was a loner, no one ever seemed to actually see if anything untoward was happening."

Despite senior management claiming to have no idea about Jimmy Savile's paedophilia, rumours that he liked young girls were rife among some of the top stars at the BBC, it also emerged.

From Lord Michael Grade to Dame Esther Rantzen, Chinese whispers had travelled.

There were stories of him licking a young girl's hand, jokes about him "screwing minors" and that he was a necrophiliac, but they were never investigated at the time.

Dame Janet's long-awaited review found there was a culture of "reverence and fear" towards celebrities at the corporation and that "an atmosphere of fear still exists today in the BBC".

When a junior female employee at Television Centre complained to her supervisor that she had been sexually assaulted by Savile, she was told "keep your mouth shut, he is a VIP", the report found.

Dame Janet said girls who dared to complain about being sexually assaulted were regarded as "a nuisance" and their claims not properly dealt with.

A parallel inquiry also published today into jailed It's A Knockout presenter Stuart Hall found BBC managers were aware - or should have been - that he was abusing girls.

Dame Janet's three-year inquiry into Savile's ability to sexually attack children in every BBC premises he ever worked in concludes he was considered "untouchable" and "more valuable than the values" of the BBC.

Dame Janet recommended: "This report makes sorry reading for the BBC...The BBC ought to undergo a period of self-examination," adding that members of "The Talent", as Savile was, should be put in "no doubt as to the standards of behaviour expected of them".

She said young people attending recordings of Top of The Pops had been in "moral danger" and the BBC made "no attempt" to ensure children were kept out of Savile's clutches.

Dame Janet concluded some of his colleagues were aware of his depravity but she believed senior managers were never told.

During the years covered by her investigation, the BBC was a place of sexual discrimination and sexual harassment, the review concluded. There were also "serious failings" in the BBC's culture and systems of communication, management and investigation, and had these been addressed at the time, Savile's abhorrent behaviour could have been curtailed.

BBC Director General Tony Hall called it a "very sobering day" for the corporation as he apologised to the victims of Savile and Hall.

He said: "It should never have started. It should certainly have been stopped. There is nothing as compared with your pain.

"It was a dark chapter. The BBC failed you when it should have protected you. I am deeply sorry for the hurt caused to each of you. Today we are sorry. We let you down and we know it."

One of Savile's victims was a 12-year-old girl from Scotland who persuaded her aunt to take her to see Top of the Pops.

The girl had travelled to London to visit the relative, who agreed to accompany her to the studios in December 1973.

She and a 10-year-old boy ended up being taken to a dressing room to meet Savile, who still had on the Womble costume he had worn to present the show.

The woman, who now lives abroad, told the review that after chatting for around 15 minutes Savile raped the boy before sexually assaulting her.

Afterwards the presenter put an arm round each of them and told them that what had happened was a "secret".

The victim said she remembers walking to the Tube station and telling her aunt they had seen Slade and had had pop and biscuits with Savile.

The report said: "She did not tell anyone what had happened.

"She thought it was her fault and that she might go to hell for what she had done."

Savile was a regular visitor to Scotland and owned a cottage in Glencoe, which was sold after his death.

The woman came forward after seeing a newspaper advertisement placed by a firm of solicitors, inviting victims of Savile to make contact.

The man who had been in Savile's dressing room with her had instructed the same firm and one testimony supported the other, with Dame Janet saying "I accept their accounts as true".

The review heard evidence that Savile would on occasion bring an entourage of middle-aged men with him to the studios.

Describing the man who escorted the two children to his room, the report said: "If the man with the earring was one of the entourage, it would explain first why a boy of 10 and a girl of 12 were let into the studio.

"Second, if the man with the earring was keeping guard outside the dressing room, the risk which Savile took by behaving as he did with these two children would be much reduced.'

Dame Janet's 372,000-word report interviewed 380 witnesses in relation to Savile's conduct. She identified 72 BBC victims of Savile including eight rapes - two of them against males - going back to 1959 when he raped a 13-year-old girl at Lime Grove Studios.

Twenty one of his female victims were aged 15 or younger, the youngest being eight.

Of his male victims, the youngest was an 8-year-old boy.

His most recent attack was in 2006 when he indecently touched a woman following filming of the last ever episode of Top of The Pops - when Savile was aged 79.

Dame Linda Dobbs, who conducted the Stuart Hall inquiry, said he had 21 victims at the BBC from 1967 to 1991, the youngest being aged 10.

In Hall's case, the inquiries concluded some BBC managers were aware what he was up to.

One BBC manager who "knew" about Stuart Hall was named in the report as Ray Colley, Regional Television Manager, North West 1970 - 86.

A woman who complained to him about Hall told the inquiry of "daily sexual harrasment", saying: "If you were female, at the slightest opportunity he put his arms around you and forced his body against yours...he could stroke your knee or tweak your stocking top, put his hand on your breast or rub your back."

But she said the reaction of Mr Colley, "who was present during some of the incidents", was: "Oh, come on, you can take a joke", she said, "or to say words to the effect of, 'you can handle that, couldn't you, you're a big tough girl'."

Mr Colley, the report said, gave Hall a dressing down about his conduct after the former arrived at BBC Manchester in 1970, suggesting rumours about Hall's sexual activity were circulating even then. However, he failed to take any subsequent "positive steps" to check if Hall was behaving.

Meanwhile, Dame Janet found that no senior manager at the BBC "ever found out about any specific complaint relating to Savile's inappropriate sexual conduct in connection with his work for the BBC".

However, she highlighted several people who, if they had escalated their concerns, could have helped stop Savile sooner.

And she underlined an occasion when the BBC's investigation fell short.

Dame Janet also said she could not rule out the possibility that "a predatory child abuser could be lurking in the BBC even today".

She stated that child sex abusers like Hall and Savile are often "highly intelligent, articulate and charismatic but manipulative people".

She said: "Stuart Hall is an example. Savile, too, was intelligent, charismatic and extremely manipulative, even if not always very articulate. Any organisation could be duped by such an individual."

Dame Janet added: "The power of celebrity and the trust we accord it, which show no real sign of diminishing in our society, make detection of a celebrity abuser even more difficult.

"Until a complaint is made, such people are likely to enjoy the confidence and approval of all of those around them."

In the 1970s, Canon Colin Semper, who was then a reverend, worked with Savile on God'll Fix It and was subsequently promoted to head of religious programmes.

Dame Janet said: "I accept that Canon Semper did not 'know' that Savile had sex with under-age girls in the sense of ever having seen it happen, but he clearly did 'think' that Savile had casual sex with a lot of girls, some of whom might have been under age.

"Canon Semper did not make any report to his managers. I have concluded that he ought to have discussed his concerns with a manager."

She also found that there was one occasion when "a senior manager heard disturbing rumours about Savile".

In 1973 Douglas Muggeridge, the controller of Radio 1 and 2 who has since died, "heard rumours of Savile's sexual impropriety", she stated.

He set up to lines of inquiry - a meeting was held between Savile, Derek Chinnery, then head of programmes for Radio 1, and Doreen Davies, an executive producer.

The report stated: "Savile was asked whether there was any truth in the rumours. He said there was not and it appears that Mr Chinnery and Ms Davies believed him."

The second line of inquiry saw BBC Radio publicity officer Rodney Collins look into similar rumours, but he found no hard evidence.

Dame Janet stated: "It appears to me that the main concern which prompted his [Mr Muggeridge's] inquiries was the risk of damage to the BBC's reputation, rather than the welfare of any girls who might have been sexually involved with Savile.

"It seems likely that, as a result of his inquiries, he believed the rumours to be untrue. Even so, I am surprised that he should have closed the book quite as completely as he appears to have done."

She said that, in 1969 and 1971, the BBC received "a number of wake-up calls about the risks teenage girls were exposed to on Top Of The Pops. These included newspaper reports about the picking-up of teenage girls at the show by staff members while it was facing another probe into claims that producers were playing records for money.

The report found: "The BBC's investigations into the possibility that young girls attending Top Of The Pops were at risk of moral danger did not evince any real concern for the welfare of the young audience.

"The impression I have is that the BBC regarded these girls as something of a nuisance."

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead today said that the BBC "failed" victims of Savile and Hall, adding: "It turned a blind eye, where it should have shone a light. And it did not protect those who put their trust in it."

Ms Fairhead said the survivors are owed an 'enormous debt of gratitude' for the courage they have shown.

She added: "Their bravery has created a vastly deeper understanding of the issues and I am confident that, from here forward, nothing will be the same.

"We believe that these reports are clear, thorough and authoritative, and I would like to express my sincere thanks to Dame Janet Smith, Dame Linda Dobbs and the review team. We accept the conclusions and recommendations of their reports in their entirety."

Ms Fairhead said the public's trust in the BBC needs to be restored.

"We need to demonstrate, through our actions, that the BBC's values are for everyone and non-negotiable," she said.

"For, as Dame Janet makes clear, these events happened in the past but they raise serious issues that remain relevant and need to be addressed today.

"We fully support Dame Janet's recommendation that the BBC Executive immediately reviews its policies and procedures on child protection, complaints, whistleblowing, and investigations - and that all of those should also be independently audited and published.

"It is important that this work also takes account of the variety of working relationships people have with the BBC, from freelancers and occasional contractors through to full-time members of staff."

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