Scandals: #8 Jimmy Savile/BBC controversy

Christopher Wilson
Savile Sex Scandal
The BBC came under scrutiny when it was discovered they refused to air an investigation into the late Jimmy Savile, a popular network personality who has been implicated in decades of child molestation. (Lewis Whyld/AP Photo)

The late BBC personality Jimmy Savile—host of the show "Jim'll Fix It," where he made the wishes of children come true—was a hugely popular figure in Britain. So popular, in fact, that he was knighted in 1990.

After Savile's death in October, BBC rival ITV aired a documentary exposing the host as a pedophile. The BBC's own news division—highly respected in England and worldwide—had compiled a similar program, but was told not to run it because the report would disrupt the holiday schedule, which included multiple tributes to Savile.