In the 1970s and 1980s, a number of women claimed they had been sexually abused by a then-prominent BBC entertainer and host Jimmy Savile.
Some women said Savile had abused them when they were as young as 12 and described a culture of sexual abuse inside the BBC at the height of Savile's fame in the 1970s and 1980s. Some also alleged that they had been attacked on BBC premises.The story came to light after a documentary on the subject was aired by rival network ITV. The ITV documentary raised questions about both Savile's conduct and the BBC's handling of the situation at the time and ignited a firestorm of criticism within both media and government. Criticism was further fueled when it was learned that the BBC's own flagship news program, Newsnight, had been investigating the claims before the program's editors shelved the project last December.
The BBC said it would "address all questions," but only after the police investigation was concluded. In the meantime, Director General Entwistle issued an apology to the women involved:
"The women involved here have gone through something awful and it's something I deeply regret... I would like to apologize on behalf of the organization to each and every one of them for what they have had to endure here."Source - Britain's BBC apologizes over sex abuse scandal, Broadcast Newsroom