The BBC sold archive footage of Jimmy Savile to the producers of a Netflix documentary and donated the fee of around £80,000 to its children’s charity
Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story includes a large amount of BBC footage, which sources said had been refused to makers of previous programmes on the disgraced presenter.
The two-part documentary features clips from shows including Jim’ll Fix It and Top Of The Pops.
But the Corporation’s commercial arm, BBC Studios, agreed to sell the footage to producers 72 Films for a fee believed to be between £80,000 and £90,000. This was then donated to Children in Need.
The documentary uses archived footage to reveal how Jimmy Savile (pictured) was able to abuse hundreds of people while being a prominent TV personality
The corporation said BBC Studios had not profited from the deal in any way.
It is understood the BBC licensed the footage because it regarded the documentary as serious and did not believe it compromised any of Savile’s victims.
The show, explores the ‘untold darkness’ that lied behind his ‘unconventional image’.
After his death Savile was found to have been responsible for sexually abusing many people throughout his life, including children. Hundreds of victims came forward after an ITV documentary lifted the lid on the scandal.
Among the footage included in the Netflix show is Savile presenting children with their Jim’ll Fix It badges and numerous clips of kids having their requests granted on the show.
Jimmy Savile (pictured) has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 450 people since his death in 2011 at age 84
It is understood the BBC licensed its footage because it regarded the documentary as serious and did not believe it compromised any of Savile’s victims
In one clip he is seen leading a group of children into a car and in another walking across a sandy landscape with a boy.
He is also shown with a young girl meeting the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as Jim’ll Fix It granted the youngster’s request to become a police officer guarding 10 Downing Street.
The programme included uncomfortable scenes of Savile flirting with Selina Scott on breakfast TV and kissing Kylie Minogue’s hand on his show.
He is also seen interviewing Gary Glitter, who was to become a convicted sex offender, on the BBC entertainment show Clunk Click in 1974.
The programme features archive footage of Savile being interviewed by the likes of Russell Harty, Michael Parkinson and Melvyn Bragg. There was also clips from when Savile was the subject of an episode of This is Your Life.
The programme did not look in any depth at the crisis in the BBC that was provoked by the Savile revelations, which sparked to a chain of events which led to then director-general George Entwistle resigning.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘BBC Studios’ archive division has supplied clips to the production team behind Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story.
‘BBC Studios has not profited through this in any way as any money received from the licensing fees are being donated to Children in Need.’