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Is the post-Jimmy Savile search for BBC gropers turning into a witch hunt?

It comes as no surprise that former Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis (left), the self-styled ‘hairy monster,’ has been questioned by Inspector Plod as part of his inquiries into sexual shenanigans at the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Savile revelations (which go far beyond bad behaviour, of course).

For some reason or other DLT submitted himself to a trial by ordeal by the Sunday Times’s interviewer-in-chief Camilla Long a while ago in which the fragrant Camilla reported that he’d groped every bit.

Quite why she allowed this to happen Camilla (left) has not so far explained, but a story’s a story.

OK this is bad but DLT is 67 and was no doubt reminding himself of the days when young girls used to throw themselves at unappealing DJs like him. It’s nothing to be proud of but sometimes it happens, everywhere from politics (think of the sainted John Major and DLT lookalike Edwina Currie) to banking, media, advertising and even the higher ranks of the US military and CIA. The most intriguing thing to come out of the American experience is why these high-ranking officials prefer to do it under the desk.

So the cops, who have been known to engage in a bit of bad behaviour themselves, are going after anyone connected to the BBC who has been accused of groping and whatnot in the course of their duties. Over the last 40 years that probably narrows it down to about 40,000 people.

Isn’t this all getting a bit out of hand?

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About Stephen Foster

Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.
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