Mark Williams-Thomas, the detective-turned-investigative reporter who first exposed the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal, has voiced his belief that Savile’s television formats were “engineered” specifically to give the late DJ and TV personality access to children.
Williams-Thomas was the presenter of ITV’s Exposure documentary about Savile, which aired in October and featured claims that the Jim'll Fix It host sexually assaulted teenage girls while working for the BBC.
The programme was seen by two million viewers and since its transmission the Metropolitan police claim to have identified up to 300 potential victims of Savile’s abuse.
Speaking to Radio Times ahead of the transmission of follow-up documentary Exposure Update, which will be broadcast next week, Williams-Thomas said: “In the previous programme it was unclear what came first.
“But I can very clearly tell you now that he created his television series as a vehicle for his offending. I believe he engineered his programmes within the BBC and Radio Luxembourg in order to gain access to children.
“The classic examples are Top of the Pops, Savile’s Travels, Jim’ll Fix It – all of them gave him access to young children. That’s why there were so many victims.”
Williams-Thomas also clarified the need for a second Exposure documentary, claiming that new evidence has enabled ITV's investigators to demonstrate that Savile was a life-long sexual predator.
He said: “In the first programme, we focused on a fairly short time scale. Now we’re able to show that Savile’s offending behaviours spanned four decades and many hundreds of victims.
“This isn’t just someone who offended only against 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds. It’s someone who offended against ten-year-olds.”
Asked what he believed the outcome of the Savile scandal will be, Williams-Thomas said he expected to see the arrests of people connected with the DJ, who died in October 2011.
“I think there will be further arrests over the forthcoming days, weeks and months of people who were party to offending alongside Savile,” he said. “There will also be arrests of people who have got nothing to do with Savile, some of whom will be of very significant standing.”
Exposure Update will air on ITV1 at 10:35pm on Wednesday 21 November. Read the full interview with Mark Williams-Thomas in the new issue of Radio Times.