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Sex Pistols Frontman ‘Johnny Rotten’ was Banned From BBC for Blowing Whistle on Paedophile Jimmy Saville

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John Lydon, also known by his former stage name, Johnny Rotten, has explained what happened when he tried to blow the whistle on Jimmy Savile — long before hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse against the DJ came to light. The former Sex Pistols frontman, currently on a tour through the U.K. with Public Image Ltd, said many young girls told him about the actions of Savile because they were too afraid to report it themselves.  Hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse against TV presenter and DJ Savile came to light after his death in 2011. The harrowing mass of evidence gathered against him included abuse at hospitals and care homes throughout the U.K. The warped crimes of the paedophile, which took place from 1959 to 2006, also included the abuse of 72 victims in connection with his work at the BBC. His youngest rape victim was reportedly ten years old.  In 1978, when Savile was at the height of his fame, Lydon, the self-proclaimed king of punk, gave an interview to BBC radio. During that interview, he called Savile a hypocrite and accused him of being into “all sorts of seediness….that we’re not allowed to talk about.” “I know some rumours – I bet none of this will be allowed out.” During the recording, he said: “I’d like to kill Jimmy Savile; I think he’s a hypocrite.”  “I bet he’s into all kinds of seediness that we all know about, but are not allowed to talk about. [2] Although the BBC decided not to broadcast his comments, an excerpt of the interview with Vivienne Goldman was made available as part of the reissue of the first Public Image Ltd album in 2013.  “If you said anything you’d be off playlists, but that didn’t bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently,” the brutally honest former frontman told the Daily Mail last weekend. [4] [10] Noting his own experience of what has been described as a “culture of secrecy” at the BBC, Lydon added:

But first-hand experiences were reiterated to me by young girls who went to Top Of The Pops and said he was touchy, feely, creepy, urgh… Doctor Death. I told them to report it but it would have been seen as grassing then. I knew all about it and said so and got myself banned from the BBC. Family values, eh Turns out I was the only one who had any.

The band were already in the BBC’s bad books before Lydon’s Savile comments:God Save The Queen received a total ban on radio play from the corporation in May 1977. Lydon didn’t go into the specifics of what the ban entailed, although he said: “Weren’t I right? I think most kids wanted to go on Top of the Pops but we all knew what that cigar muncher was up to.” [5] Long before Lydon’s comments were made, the BBC were officially warned in 1972 that they were in fact putting young girls at risk with their Top of the Pops Show, which was detailed in the Telegraph recently:

The emergence of the 64-page report – which was circulated to the then director general and chairman – will further fuel allegations that the BBC failed to protect teenage girls from Jimmy Savile, the corporation’s then most feted star who was unmasked last year as Britain’s most prolific sex offender.

It seems that everyone knew about at least some of the sordid practices of the late Sir Jimmy Savile OBE(knighted by the Queen, no less), but few dared speak it in public. Of course, this cover-up within the entertainment and media industry was led by the BBC itself, as it would be incredibly naive to think that no one working in the BBC knew of Savile’s propensity for sexual deviances (rape, pedophilia and other disturbing pastimes too dark to mention here). By all accounts, it was an open secret within “The Industry”. [3] In September 2015, Lydon told Piers Morgan’s Life Stories that he did his bit and said what he had to. As a result, he found himself banned from BBC radio over his contentious behaviour. “They wouldn’t state this directly, there would be other excuses,” he said.  [1] Speaking to Morgan, he said: “I’m very, very bitter that the likes of Savile and the rest of them were allowed to continue. I did my bit, I said what I had to. But they didn’t air that.” [5]

The institutionalised culture of secrecy at the BBC caused a number of employees to be ignored when they reported Savile’s sex crimes. Other, more senior employees failed to report suspicious behaviour. In a classic case of the establishment protecting its own — and despite an inquiry that cost millions — no one has been held accountable for the news outlet’s serious failings — and the fact that Savile could have been stopped in his tracks. [1]

[5] John Lydon says he was ‘banned from BBC’ over Jimmy Savile comments, The Guardian, Thursday 24 September 2015 11.54 BST
[6] John Lydon: ‘BBC bosses silenced me over Jimmy Savile’, The Express, 14:43, Tue, Oct 28, 2014
[7] Sean Adl-Tabatabai, John Lydon Claims BBC Punished Him Over Savile Whistleblowing, Your News Wire, May 29, 2016


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