NICHOLAS KULISH & ALAN COWELL
The British Broadcasting Corporation said on Monday that a former senior judge has begun an inquiry into the corporations culture and practices that lay behind the sexual abuse scandal surrounding the late TV host Jimmy Savile.
The inquiry opened on the first anniversary of Saviles death at the age of 84 and a day after the police arrested former pop star Paul Gadd,better known as Gary Glitter,in connection with the case. Gadds arrest followed accusations that he abused a teenage girl on the premises of the BBC.
Since the British TV station ITV broadcast a documentary about Savile earlier this month,some 300 people have come forward claiming they were abused by the outlandish star. They described a depraved environment in Saviles dressing room at the BBC studios where teenage girls were molested by Savile and others,including Gadd.
The investigation by Dame Janet Smith,a former appeals court judge,is one of the two that the BBC has commissioned into the scandal.
The case has shocked the nation and shone an intense spotlight on the BBC.