Who is Jim?
SIR Jimmy Saville.
He was a DJ and then TV personality in the UK for many years. He was an eccentric 'institution' of the BBC. Aside from doing enormous amounts of charity work, he was most known for a tv show called "Jim'll Fix It" in which children wrote him letters asking him to make their dreams come true. Bit like 'make a wish' foundation only theses kids weren't terminal cases. Sort of like "Dear Jim, could you fix it for me to ride in a hot air balloon? Love Tommy from Leeds." If Jim picked your letter and did the wish, you got to meet him on tv and get a JIM FIXED IT FOR ME medal.
Trouble is, Jim turned out to be a serial sex abuser. Grope kids on your show? Check. Sex with minors at the BBC? Check. Groping sick kids in hospitals? Check. And so the list goes on.
Of a similar era and vintage was Jonathan King, yet another DJ turned tv personality who got hit with a bunch of kiddie porn charges a few years ago. And until Jimmy Saville, the biggest case was Gary Glitter who also went down for kiddie porn and I believe, sex offenses in other countries.
In 2007 there were rumors circulating about Saville but it hadn't hit critical mass yet. The BBC made a documentary about the claims but shelved it. (The producer who made that show resigned this week.) Since Saville died in 2011, victims have been appearing in droves quite a few of them saying "Well, I told the cops but they said it wasn't possible". Or, people within the BBC would say "Holy crap! Saville is fiddling with kids!" and were told "err..yeah....but he's TOO FAMOUS to be a perv, so let it go."
The BBC are now scrambling about while the police are following up leads. It's a matter of finding out who knew, how much, for how long and why did they do precious little about it. Then of course is the question as to whether he 'acted alone' or whether there's going to be a string of other well known British celebs busted on similar charges.
There's a lot of Britspags of a certain age who are currently getting their childhood memories re-written.