The degree had been presented to Jimmy Savile in 2009 by Professor Ebdon. According to the Daily Telegraph
, Savile had told the university, in what was taken as a joke, that he "had not been found out yet".
Professor Ebdon was keen to make clear that he was not a personal friend of Jimmy Savile.
The decision to strip Savile of his LL.D., comes as the allegations against him grow each day. The Savile scandal has spread to include fourteen police forces, three hospitals and three children's homes.
, which initially rebuffed calls for an inquiry, has announced it will be conducting two separate inquires. The announcement by the BBC Director-General, George Entwistle, comes as a former BBC Radio One worker told Channel 4 News Savile boasted in a meeting that he'd "just had three fourteen year old girls" (see video). This morning Sir Christopher Bland, a former Chairman of the BBC, told the BBC Radio Four's Today
programme that an inquiry was necessary in order to "allay" public suspicions.
The Department of Health has also acceded to calls for an inquiry. The announcement comes in the wake of news that former patients of Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Broadmoor are intending to sue, as reported in Digital Journal
The Metropolitan police, as the Guardian
reports, has announced it is pursuing 340 separate lines of inquiry. The Metropolitan police also revealed that it has officially recorded twelve allegations of criminal sexual offences against Savile and expected the figure to grow.