TV star slams Savile

Michael Parkinson. Photo / NZ Herald
Michael Parkinson. Photo / NZ Herald

Chat show host Michael Parkinson says the BBC made mistakes over the Jimmy Savile abuse case, but the real question was why the DJ was given access to schools and hospitals.

Parkinson, who worked for the corporation for many years, says he's looking at the BBC "with despair" after the revelations about Savile.

He says he didn't like Savile much and couldn't understand why he was so popular.

Scotland Yard is leading the inquiry into Savile and has said officers are currently dealing with around 500 potential abuse victims.

Meanwhile, speculation is rife in Britain about the identity of an Australian TV star questioned by detectives over the Savile abuse scandal.

The Met Police announced on Friday they had interviewed a man in his 80s under caution as part of the wider Operation Yewtree probe.

But they refused to say any more after Lord Leveson criticised the relationship between police and newspapers. The man left the police station after a five-hour grilling.

He reportedly fits into the part of the investigation that doesn't directly relate to Savile.

- Herald on Sunday

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