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article imageJimmy Savile was banned from Children in Need

By Steve Hayes     Oct 29, 2012 in World
Jimmy Savile was banned from involvement in Children in Need, the BBC's corporate fund raising vehicle for children's charities, due to rumours he was a paedophile, says former Chairman Sir Roger Jones.
BBC News reports that Sir Roger Jones has revealed that he heard rumours about Jimmy Savile from Children in Need staff more than a decade ago.
Sir Roger was a governor of the BBC between 1997 and 2002 and Chairman of Children in Need. He said:
When I was with Children in Need we took the decision that we didn't want him (Jimmy Savile) anywhere near the charity and we just stepped up our child protection policies which again would have put him at risk if he tried anything.
So the way that we dealt with it was by stepping up our child protection policies.
Sir Roger did not inform BBC management of his concerns on the ground that he did not have any "hard evidence". As the Sun reports, Sir Roger explained:
If you're going to go on the attack and make claims against him (Savile) then you'd need evidence, hard evidence that simply wasn't there.
However, he added that he would have stepped down if Savile had been allowed any involvement in Children in Need.
According to Sir Roger, Children in Need knew the biggest thing to guard against was paedophiles. He said:
They (paedophiles) were just like flies around the honey pot. Not just in the fund-raising but also in the distribution of funds.
I mean if we had given money to a paedophile group, the sky would have fallen in on the BBC. So we were very, very careful, we were on red alert.
However, as the Daily Telegraph reports, Jimmy Savile was actively involved in Children in Need prior to Sir Roger's appointment as Chairman. Savile participated in the annual Telethon appeal in 1984, 1987 and 1989.
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