Profile: Sir Jimmy Saville: Sir Jimmy was born the eldest of seven children in a terraced house in Leeds, Yorkshire. His father was a bookmaker's clerk, and Jimmy left school at 14 to become a coalface worker at Waterloo Colliery in Leeds.
In 1961 he became assistant manager of the Locarno, Leeds, and made his first appearance as a DJ for Radio Luxembourg. Jimmy joined the BBC Radio 1 team in June 1968 with a weekly travel show called 'Saville's Travel's' in which he travelled around the country chatting to people and playing records.
Jimmy has presented "Top Of The Pops" for BBCTV, has written a weekly newspaper column and was once voted 'Top British DJ' by magazines several times.
At the end of 1969 he was Chairman of a 'Review of the Decade' programmeon BBCTV. From September 1969, he presented 'Speak Easy', a one-hour weekly discussion programme on BBC Radio 1 as well as 'The Double Top Ten' show all on Sunday afternoons.
"TOTP" led to the hugely successful children's 'wish come true' show 'Jim'll Fix It' which ran for many years on BBC1 with millions of letters being sifted and those lucky children got their wishes either in the studio at the concrete donut in White City or captured on VT for play-out on the programme. The red-ribboned 'Jim'll Fix It' badge was worn proudly by all kids following it's fish out of that fantastic chair with drawers, hatches and cubby-holes built in, and award from either Jim or the appropriately involved celebrities.
Jim has always been a keen athlete donning gold jogging suits to take part in the London Marathon raising thousands of pounds for charity. After his involvement in Radio 1 came to an end, he, like many of his colleagues took a step into GOLD commercial radio, taking with him 'Savile's Travels' which was syndicated across the country.
Whereabouts: Sir Jim has held his knighthood for many years now, but his radio work is minimal if not non-existent as far as is known, possibly due to health problems. However, he is believed to still like his famous cigars, jump suits and jewellery and has recently been lampooned by Alistair McGowan on BBCTV in a skit based on the highly offensive rapper Eminem and as a date on StreetDate, another skit, this time on Davina McCall's StreetMate TV show.
Jim is still a star in the radio world!
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