BBC apologises for airing Jimmy Savile ‘Top of the Pops’ appearance

Footage of Savile was mistakenly shown during 'Top of the Pops 2' on BBC Two

The BBC has apologised for mistakenly airing a clip from a 1971 episode of ‘Top of the Pops’ which featured disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile.

The footage appeared in an episode of ‘Top of the Pops 2’ broadcast on September 13. It appeared to show Savile wagging his finger at a female member of the audience.

Following several complaints from viewers the BBC said: “Unfortunately this brief appearance was missed. It was removed from iPlayer as soon as we were made aware and replaced with a re-edited version.”

A statement revealed that the corporation has “reviewed references to Jimmy Savile across archive footage, including a number which were brought to our attention”.

The BBC added: “Where the material is likely to cause offence to his victims it is removed. Although all programmes are reviewed before broadcast, unfortunately this brief appearance was missed. We apologise for any distress caused.”

It is now known that Savile was a serial sex offender guilty of abusing hundreds of young people over six decades. The former Radio 1 DJ also presented ‘Jim’ll Fix It’. He died aged 84 in October 2011, a year before allegations of his abusive behaviour were broadcast in the ITV documentary ‘Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile’.