Jimmy Savile abuse claims leave BBC scrambling

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The BBC has launched two independent inquiries into allegations that late TV presenter and DJ Jimmy Savile perpetrated a decades-long campaign of child abuse while working at the corporation.

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Savile, a philanthropist who raised an estimated 40 million pounds for charity during his lifetime, has gone from hero to villain in the months since his death in October 2011 aged 84 after dozens of victims came forward alleging abuse.

ITV's aired allegations of abuse in its documentary "Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile" broadcast on Oct. 3, 2012. A few days later police confirmed they were following 340 separate lines of inquiry and 40 potential victims dating back almost five decades.

Savile's former employers, the BBC have also come under fire after it emerged they dropped a Newsnight investigation into Savile shortly after his death.

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