BBC to axe ‘Top of the Pops’ repeats in the wake of Jimmy Savile scandal?

BBC4 controller Richard Klein is currently deciding whether or not to continue airing 1970s reruns of the chart show

The BBC could be putting an end to broadcasting repeats of Top of the Pops following the controversy surrounding one of the shows former hosts, Jimmy Savile.

BBC4 airs reruns of the pop chart programme, but shows from the 1970s featuring Savile have already been axed from the channel’s schedule and – reports the Guardian – last week an episode hosted by DJ Dave Lee Travis was pulled after he was arrested.

Richard Klein, BBC4 controller, said he has not decided if the channel will air repeats of Top of the Pops from 1978. The channel is currently airing select shows from 1977.

Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch yesterday (November 22), he said: “It is complex and it is difficult to judge. These are judgements we are making on a case-by-case basis. It requires us to be cautious and careful without overreacting, to take into account public sensibilities and legalities, and hopefully we are going to get it right.”

He continued: “At the moment we actually haven’t scheduled 1978, so we’ll take a view. We have only done it the last two years so if we didn’t do it again it wouldn’t be the end of the world and audience figures have declined quite markedly.”

Klein said that “of course” the Savile case was a factor when it came to making the decision about screening episodes of Top of the Pops from 1978.