2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

TOP SCANDALS

Scandals: #8 Jimmy Savile/BBC controversy

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.