Veteran DJ, broadcaster and charity campaigner Sir Jimmy Savile has died at his home in Leeds, aged 84.
Best known on television for presenting Jim’ll Fix It and Top of the Pops, Savile enjoyed a broadcasting career that spanned six decades.
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Born in Leeds in 1926, Savile first rose to fame as a pioneering disc jockey on Radio Luxembourg in 1958 before moving to BBC Radio 1 in 1968 where he presented Savile’s Travels and the discussion show Speakeasy. In 1973 he began presenting Jimmy Savile’s Old Record Club, a show that would run for 19-years on Radio 1.
On television, Savile became a household name after presenting the first edition of long-running BBC chart show Top of the Pops in 1964. His association with the programme was so important that he would be invited back to co-present the final edition of the show in July 2006.
However, for many, it was for Jim’ll Fix It that Savile will be best remembered. Beginning in 1975, the show which made dreams of young people come true ran until 1994 on the BBC. At the height of its popularity, the programme would attract more than 20,000 letters a week asking for Jim to “fix it for them”.
Known for his outlandish dress sense, cigar chomping and eccentric demeanour, Savile coined a number of catchphrases throughout the years, including, “How’s about that, then?”, “Now then, now then, now then”, “Goodness gracious” and “Guys and gals”.
Savile continued to appear on radio and television after leaving the BBC. He hosted radio shows for a number of regional networks in the 1990s and was the subject of a Louis Theroux documentary.
He appeared on This is Your Life twice and was introduced to a new generation of fans in 2006 when he took part in Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4.
Off the screen, he was a prolific charity campaigner. In the course of running more than 200 charity marathons and various other activities, it is thought he raised more than £40 million for good causes.
Savile received an OBE in 1971 and was knighted by the Queen in 1990.