Britain’s state-run BBC has broadcasted a repeat of a children’s television programme featuring a character dressed as disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
The episode, which was filmed in 2001 and was broadcast again on CBeebies channel on Sunday, showed the character of Max dressed as Savile in a blond wig and oversized chain necklace in the popular children’s show The Tweenies.
The BBC risked offending many viewers, as the police have claimed Savile sexually abused hundreds of people over a 60-year period, with 450 individuals known to have made allegations of abuse.
Peter Saunders, of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said, “There’s no doubt it could re-traumatise people. You can’t understate just what it means to people who have suffered abuse.”
The BBC was forced into another apology over Jimmy Savile, saying, “This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused.”
The corporation found itself surrounded by a crisis after an ITV Exposure Savile documentary blew the lead off the issue in October 2012.
In a recent 37-page report by the police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Savile was branded as one of the UK’s most prolific known sexual predators who used his celebrity status to “hide in plain sight”.
According to the report titled “Giving Victims a Voice,” Some 214 crimes were recorded across 28 police force areas, including 34 of rape or penetration during 54 years of abuse committed by the presenter.