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Britain shocked by pedophile revelations about former BBC star

(Xinhua)

09:25, October 29, 2012

LONDON, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- A child sex abuse scandal of late BBC star Jimmy Savile continued to dominate major British papers over the weekend, after police said on Thursday that they had identified more some 300 possible victims, many under the age of 16 when the assault took place.

Savile, who died aged 84 in October last year, was one of Britain's top broadcasters and presented a string of programs that brought him into contact with children -- most notably Jim'll Fix It, in which he made the wishes of youngsters come true.

"It's now looking possible that Jimmy Savile was one the most prolific sex offenders the NSPCC has ever come across," a spokesman for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said.

The chief police officer in charge of the investigation into Savile also said the police were dealing with "alleged abuse on an unprecedented scale."

DISC JOCKEY AND TV PERSONALITY

Savile was a former miner who rose to fame and fortune on the fringes of the pop music business.

He entered the world of entertainment as a wrestler, and then became the manager of a nightclub in his home city of Leeds, in the north of England.

When pop music and radio stations became a phenomenon in the 1960s, Savile became a disc jockey, first with Radio Luxembourg and then with the BBC.

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