Video: John Lydon on Savile and BBC “all of us knew what was going on”

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A 1978 banned BBC radio interview recently surfaced where former Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, reveals that he and others at the BBC knew about Jimmy Savile but the BBC would censor him if he said anything about it.

Transcript of the interview:

Lydon: I’d like to kill Jimmy Savile. He’s a hypocrite. I bet he’s into all kinds of seediness. We all know about and not allowed to talk about. I know some rumours… I bet none of this will be allowed out.

BBC Interviewer: I imagine the libelous stuff will be edited out.

Lydon: Nothing I said is libel.

Last week John Lydon talked to Jon Snow at Channel 4 News about the 1978 BBC interview where he further confirmed the extent to which he and others at the BBC knew about Jimmy Savile.

Transcript of the interview:

Jon Snow: One of the things which is really interesting is your view about Jimmy Savile and your knowledge at the time that it was going on

Lydon : Unfortunately I think all of us knew what was going on with the BBC

Jon Snow: as bad as we now know it was?

Lydon: Yeah, we knew we all knew. We knew when you go to Top of the Pops what you were facing. It was common knowledge. But it wasn’t common knowledge in the media

Jon Snow: Did it stop at the disc jockeys? Did it stop at Jimmy Savile or were the performers also doing this?

Lydon: I have no doubt some of the performers were messing around with underage girls but that wouldn’t have been my way. I’ve always viewed myself as a victim so i was there for the disenfranchised

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