Jimmy Savile created shows to gain access to kids, expert claims

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Jimmy Savile cynically created his TV shows with the intention of gaining access to children, the expert who first exposed the late star’s alleged crimes has claimed.

Former police officer Mark Williams-Thomas has been making a follow-up programme to the recent ITV1 documentary that unleashed a flood of sex abuse allegations against Savile.

He told the Radio Times: “In the previous programme it was unclear what came first.

“But I can very clearly tell you now that he created his television series as a vehicle for his offending.

“I believe he engineered his programmes within the BBC and Radio Luxembourg in order to gain access to children.

“The classic examples are Top Of The Pops, Savile’s Travels, Jim’ll Fix It – all of them gave him access to young children. That’s why there were so many victims.”

Detectives fear Leeds-born Savile abused up to 300 young people over the course of six decades.

Police began investigating the TV and radio presenter’s activities after Mr Williams-Thomas’s original programme went out at the start of last month.

The follow-up documentary is on ITV1 at 10.35pm on Wednesday, November 21.

It will cover the full length of Savile’s alleged campaign of abuse as well as claims that the establishment turned a blind eye to his behaviour.

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