In this Dec. 17, 1986 file photo, disc jockey Jimmy Savile is pictured at Madame Tussauds museum in London, England. (AP Photo/John Redman, File)
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Britain's globally respected broadcaster, the BBC, was told on Thursday it was guilty of serious failings in its handling of Jimmy Savile, a celebrated TV and radio showman revealed after death to have been one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.The Smith report concluded Savile had abused 72 victims in relation to his BBC work over almost 50 years.Smith said there had been five missed opportunities to uncover his misconduct and that of fellow BBC personality Stuart Hall, who was jailed in 2013 for child sex crimes.Smith found that 117 witnesses had heard rumours about Savile's sexual conduct but there was no evidence that the BBC, as a corporate body, was aware.Liz Dux, a lawyer representing some of Savile's victims, said her clients would feel let down by the report.
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