'Children In Need' Address Jimmy Saville Scandal - Direct2Mum

'Children In Need' Address Jimmy Saville Scandal

'Children In Need' Address Jimmy Saville Scandal

The BBC have said that they will be attempting to address the Jimmy Saville scandal during their fundraiser tomorrow night, without mentioning the disgraced presenter's name.

The executives at the BBC have said they will watching the public response, after what has been a troublesome 6 weeks for the charity, in light of the scandals that have gone public.
The show, which last year raised a record £46 million, will once again be presented by Sir Terry Wogan. He will be accompanied by Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly and Radio 1 DJ Nik Grimshaw, The show is hoping to once again set a new record.

There is belief that the Saville revelations will undoubtedly cast a shadow over the six hour fundraiser. Guests scheduled to appear on the 'bigger than ever' show are Girls Aloud, Sir Alan Sugar, One Direction, and Olympic/Paralympic stars.

BBC sources have said Saville's name will not be mentioned, but appeals to help victims of abuse will be shown. A BBC insider has said "There will be some kind of reference to recent events that have been covered in the press quite extensively. It will also say that Children in Need does and always has supported children who were the victims of abuse and will continue to support the amazing work that these charities do".

I always felt Saville was a pretty creepy sort of character....we took the decision that we didn't want him anywhere near the charity - Sir Roger Jones

They went on to say "There will be a film to reflect that, and there was one on the same subject last year".

The Children in Need appeal and the BBC have had a difficult year. The amount of money being given to charities in the UK has fallen by almost £2 billion in one year, and licence fee payers have lost trust in the BBC after an inaccurate report on Newsnight regarding Jimmy Saville and other abuse claims. They have now also had to endure the resignation of their Director General, George Entwistle.

YouGov published a survey on Tuesday that looked at trust levels for BBC Journalism; 47% distrust them, and 44% trust them. Not the results the BBC would have hoped for.

BBC insiders have said the Saville issue will be 'the elephant in the room' at this years appeal; however organisers for Children in Need have said it will be "business as usual to make the very best programme we can make so the viewers really enjoy it".

Sir Roger Jones, the former Chairman of Children in Need said last month that the charity made a decision to keep Saville away from the event because there were suspicions.
He went on to say "I always felt Saville was a pretty creepy sort of character....we took the decision that we didn't want him anywhere near the charity and we just stepped up our child protection policies, which again would have put him at risk if he tried anything".

A spokesman for the BBC has been reported saying "Our aim this year, like every year, is to raise as much money as possible and we are on track to raise millions to help change the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK".
They added that the "BBC has a strong track record of funding projects with a specific focus on supporting children and young people who are at risk of, or have experienced, some form of sexual abuse."

They went on to say "On Friday night the show will feature a number of films based on the work we fund to help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK, this will include some of our work helping the victims of sexual abuse, as was the case last year".

Since it's first broadcast in 1980, Children in Need has raised over £650 million; with the help of its team mascot Pudsey Bear!

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