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Jimmy Savile excluded from DJ-Rankings' ’Legendary DJs’

14:05 Mar/18/2014

Once idolized as a radio DJ, a television broadcaster and charity fund-raiser extraordinaire, it is now clear, that he was actually one of the most horrible people that have ever walked the face of the earth. Someone who considers himself - and was widely acknowledged by many - as the first person to hold a disco and play music from 2 decks - was actually a pedophile and one of the most horrific sexual offenders the recent history has seen. Knighted in 1990, he enjoyed the status of being a national treasure, a beloved TV-icon and one of the most respected celebrities in Britain. In October 2011, Savile died at the age of 84 in his home in Leeds, England. A year later, the shocking news about the true nature of Savile and the magnitude of his crimes has aired.

If you’re wondering why we would cover such a story, then you probably haven’t seen The Official Global DJ Rankings ’Legendary DJs’ section. The DJ-Rankings crew honors DJs who have greatly contributed to the DJ culture. Recently, Jimmy Savile was excluded from this list of great men.

A excerpt of a documentary about Savile's life and work. Hard to watch this without thinking what was actually going on.

Born in October 31, in 1926, he was widely acknowledged as the world’s first disc jockey. Although Savile was a major star of British TV and BBC 1 radio, he was mostly known as a host of 'Top of the Pops' from 1960s-2006. His side-project 'Jim’ll Fix It' met with huge success as well.

Watch the man himself interviewed about being the first to do a disco and play music from 2 decks!

The staggering numbers regarding the predatory pedophile have been revealed in a report after thorough investigations. 214 crimes have been recorded in 28 police force areas. The ’Giving Victims a Voice’ report is the result of a 3-month investigation called Operation Yewtree. After extensive work, interviews and other evidence, police came up with a 30-page document including numerous detailed findings:

  • Savile offended at 13 hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, with one offence recorded at Wheatfields Hospice in 1977.

  • A total of 14 offences were recorded in relation to schools

  • Savile's youngest victim was an eight-year-old boy, and the oldest was 47

  • The earliest allegation is from 1955 in Manchester and the last is from 2009

  • Offences were carried out at the BBC between 1965 and 2006, including at the last Top of the Pops recording

  • Peak offending took place between 1966 and 1976

  • A total of 450 people have made sexual abuse allegations against Savile since October - of whom 73% of victims were under 18, with most aged 13 to 16

  • There is "no clear evidence" he operated in paedophile ring, although "whether he was part of an informal network" is still being investigated

The first thing people wonder is – how in the world could Savile carry on with his terrible crimes for over 4 decades? But even more mind-boggling is the fact that the accusations exceed BBC. The beloved BBC TV host infiltrated various public health institutions housing vulnerable people. He was welcomed to the Mandeville hospital in Buckinshire where he had 2 offices and a bedroom. In addition, he was on a government appointed task force in Broadmore’s high-security hospital. How did a man with no qualifications work his way into possession of power in two first class health institutions?

Power, fame and cunning – although it is hard to tell how he went undetected, it is easy to point out the qualities which helped him along. One of the victims has pointed out that she was simply too young to understand what had been done to them. Others were too scared to say anything. A lot of people knew nobody would believe them.

Even though sporatic allegations of child abuse occured during his life time, he managed to get himself off the hook with wit and manipulation of his social status. Savile was an extremely secretive man. He had few personal friends. A woman close to him for over 30 years said she never caught Savile and had no idea whatsoever. She knew Savile is a manipulative, controlling and vindictive, but didn’t know what that had led him to become.

Clip of Jimmy Savile  an episode of 'Top of the Pops' in 1976. According to the report, the 'peak offending took place between 1966 and 1976'

The Official Global DJ Rankings prides itself on honoring Legendary DJs. So in light of these reports we’ve excluded Savile from this list. However, it is reported that DJ-Rankings didn’t unanimously vote in favor of the exclusion. Some of the panel thought that although Savile was unmasked as a sexual offender, his undertakings regarding the DJ culture are undisputable. So it might just happen, that Savile is reinstated into the Hall of Fame of DJs for his contributions regarding strictly his DJ-career.

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