Jimmy Savile "would gratify himself sexually on BBC premises whenever the opportunity arose" and staff missed numerous opportunities to stop him, the long-awaited report into the scandal has found.
Dame Janet Smith's review found there was a culture of "reverence and fear" towards celebrities at the corporation and that "an atmosphere of fear still exists today in the BBC".
When a junior female employee at Television Centre complained to her supervisor that she had been sexually assaulted by Savile, she was told "keep your mouth shut, he is a VIP", the report found.
Dame Janet said girls who dared to complain about being sexually assaulted were regarded as "a nuisance" and their claims not properly dealt with.
Jimmy Savile: Life in pictures
Jimmy Savile: Life in pictures
1/15 July 1964
Jimmy Savile poses next to his Rolls-Royce car
2/15 February 1965
Jimmy Savile stands by a portrait of himself, painted by a friend, while enjoying his regular breakfast of coke and a cigar in the Bloomsbury hotel room which he has made his home
3/15 February 1965
Jimmy Savile with his new Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Drop Head Coupe and bicycle
English radio disc jockey, television broadcaster and charity worker Jimmy Savile on his new motorcycle at Brand's Hatch
5/15 December 1969
Jimmy Savile in his motor home
6/15 February 1972
Jimmy Savile holds a newly-printed 'Lucky Jim' poster, outside BBC TV Centre, London
7/15 March 1972
Jimmy Savile with his mother ('the Duchess') at Buckingham Palace, London
Jimmy Savile arrives in London, on his way to Buckingham Palace where he is to be awarded an OBE
Jimmy Savile sporting his OBE after his investiture at Buckingham Palace, London
10/15 May 1976
Jimmy Savile with members of the London Fire Brigade at Fire Show
11/15 September 1978
English disc jockeys Kid Jensen (left) and Jimmy Savile (right) present the prize for 'Britain's Top Young DJ' to 21-year-old Graham Thornton, during the final of the 'Sounds Alive with Tea' competition at the Empire Ballroom, Leicester Square, London
12/15 February 1980
Jimmy Savile poses for a photograph with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at an NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) fundraising presentation
13/15 September 2003
Jimmy Saville during the BUPA Great North Run held in Newcastle
14/15 September 2004
Jimmy Saville meets fans as he passes over the Tyne Bridge during The Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle
15/15 October 2006
Jimmy Saville prepares for The Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle
BBC staff missed a string of opportunities dating back to the late 1960s to stop Savile, who died in October 2011 aged 84 never having been brought to justice for his crimes and is now believed to be one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders.
Dame Janet found that a number of BBC staff were aware of Savile's offending, but she cleared the broadcaster as a corporate body of knowing about it.
Her report states: "In summary, my conclusion is that certain junior and middle-ranking individuals were aware of Savile's inappropriate sexual conduct in connection with his work for the BBC.
"However, I have found no evidence that the BBC, as a corporate body, was aware of Savile's inappropriate sexual conduct in connection with his work for the BBC."
The report came as veteran DJ Tony Blackburn accused the BBC of making him a "scapegoat" after he was sacked on the eve of its publication.
Blackburn, 73, said "all relationships" he had with the BBC were "terminated with immediate effect" this week because his evidence to Dame Janet's review concerning an investigation in 1971 contradicted the BBC's own version of events.
He has pledged to take legal action against the corporation which he claims is making him a "scapegoat" for the "cover-up" of abuse.