Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


BBC presenter held for suspected sexual offences

16 November 2012, 09:23

London - Radio and TV presenter Dave Lee Travis was reportedly arrested on Thursday as part of the British police investigation set up in the wake of allegations against his BBC colleague Jimmy Savile.

Police said a man in his 60s was being held on suspicion of sexual offences, although they did not officially name him.

But British media widely reported that Travis, 67, was being questioned by detectives.

Travis, nicknamed the Hairy Cornflake, worked with Savile at BBC Radio 1 during the 1970s and 1980s and was one of the most recognisable faces in British broadcasting.

Last year Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said his World Service music request show had helped her to get through more than two decades under house arrest.

Travis met Suu Kyi when she visited BBC studios during a visit to Britain in June.

There is no suggestion that any accusations of paedophilia have been made against him, although two women have alleged in recent weeks that he groped them in the 1970s.

He strongly denied the allegations when they were made.

Savile, one of the BBC’s biggest stars for more than two decades, is believed to have preyed on under-age girls, sometimes on BBC premises.

Meanwhile, the BBC announced on Thursday it would pay former politician Alistair McAlpine £185,000 (KES 25million) in damages for falsely implicating him in child sex abuse allegations.

A statement issued by the BBC late on Thursday said: “The BBC has agreed terms with Lord McAlpine to settle his claim of libel against the Corporation.

The settlement is comprehensive and reflects the gravity of the allegations that were wrongly made.”

McAlpine, Conservative party treasurer under Margaret Thatcher, responded: “I am delighted to have reached a quick and early settlement with the BBC. I have been conscious that any settlement will be paid by the licence fee-payers, and have taken that into account in reaching agreement with the BBC.

“We will now be continuing to seek settlements from other organisations that have published defamatory remarks and individuals who have used Twitter to defame me.”

The broadcaster has already apologised for linking McAlpine with abuse at a children’s home in Wrexham in Wales in the 1970s.

The report broadcast by the BBC’s flagship current affairs show Newsnight did not name him but he was quickly identified on social networking sites.

The false allegations, coming as the BBC was under intense scrutiny over its decision to spike a report about child abuse claims surrounding Savile, plunged the world’s largest broadcaster into one of the worst crises in its history.

BBC director-general George Entwistle has resigned over the report, while two other top executives have also stood aside.

McAlpine said Thursday in an interview with BBC radio he had been “in a state of shock” after he heard of the allegations.

“To suddenly find I was mixed up in all this – and I didn’t know what Newsnight was going to say – it really was a horrendous shock.

It emerged that an abuse victim who had implicated McAlpine in the Newsnight report had not been shown a photograph of him.

Only after the report was broadcast did he realise McAlpine was not the man who had assaulted him.

McAlpine’s lawyer Andrew Reid said that legal letters would be sent to individuals who mentioned the peer’s name on the Internet, particularly Twitter.

Sally Bercow, wife of the House of Commons speaker, is believed to be one of those in line to be sued, and wrote on her Twitter account that she was seeking legal advice.

Britain’s broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it was investigating the programme, and was also looking into a presenter from the ITV station after he brandished a list of alleged abusers he had gathered from the Internet and handed it to Prime Minister David Cameron during a live interview.

ITV said it had taken “appropriate disciplinary action” over the incident last week in which presenter Phillip Schofield asked Cameron if he would investigate the names.

Police said Thursday the number of victims in the Savile investigation has risen to 450 from the figure of 300 it gave last month.

Although the vast majority of allegations are against the eccentric presenter, who died last year at the age of 84, the Scotland Yard probe has widened to include other figures in the entertainment industry.

Former glam rock star and convicted paedophile Gary Glitter, comedian Freddie Starr and a 73-year-old man have been arrested and bailed in connection with the investigation.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
What do men mean when they say th...

As much as men think they are the ones confused by relationships, they have a better idea of it than most women actually do. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto, not Kenneth the main man...

DP William Ruto will be the main man for the Jubilee Party in 2022, Kiraitu Murungi insists. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Jittery times for DP Ruto as Kenn...

Peter Kenneth is a genuine threat to DP William Ruto's 2022 State House bid... and the DP's allies know it. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
I will name those sabotaging DP R...

A Jubilee Party Governor says that he will name and shame those within Jubilee he says are undermining DP William Ruto's 2022 State House plans. Read more...

ODM official acquitted of defilem...

A Nakuru ODM official on Thursday broke into tears after the court acquitted him of defilement charges leveled against him by his 15-year-old cousin. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Man who attacked US Embassy a 24 ...

A man who attacked the US Embassy in Nairobi was a 24 year old from Wajir County. Read more...