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The business of being a child sex abuser

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The publication of the BBC’s review into how Jimmy Savile carried out a campaign of abuse over decades has been delayed again so as not to prejudice Dave Lee Travis’s trial.

It has been reported that the Dame Janet Smith review is expected to uncover hundreds of victims and reveal a culture of ignorance that “protected” Savile.

A parallel review, being carried out into Stuart Hall’s behaviour while at the corporation, will form part of the final report.

It was announced in January that publication would be delayed until after Hall’s trial and now it has been delayed again ahead of the former DJ’s trial.

A statement on the review website said “in the interests of ensuring that the independence and fairness of the criminal process is maintained, Dame Janet has decided that her report should not be delivered until after the conclusion of the trial of Dave Lee Travis”.

The statement said the BBC was aware of and agreed with the decision.

A “more precise estimated delivery date” would be published online at a later date.