A lawyer representing the victims of Jimmy Savile has described a report into BBC responsibility for his crimes "an expensive whitewash".
Dame Janet Smith's report found there was a culture of "reverence and fear" towards celebrities at the corporation, but there was no evidence BBC bosses were aware of the widespread sexual abuse carried out by Savile himself.
Liz Dux, a lawyer at Slater and Gordon representing 168 of Savile's many victims, told The Independent managers would only have had to "scratch at the very surface and a lot of Savile's offending would have been revealed".
She said: "All the Savile and [Stuart] Hall victims have ever wanted from this report is truth and accountability.
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
“Despite millions having been spent on the inquiry my clients will feel let down that the truth has still not been unearthed, and many will feel it is nothing more than an expensive whitewash.
“It is unfortunate that Dame Janet had no power to compel senior managers to give evidence, giving the impression that the whole picture of who knew what has not been revealed."
She added: "With 117 witnesses giving evidence of concerns and rumours, it’s implausible to suggest that this did not reach the upper echelons of the BBC."
Dame Janet's independent review, which was launched in 2012, found Savile carried out sex attacks in "virtually every one of the BBC premises in which he worked".
She said her findings made for "very sorry reading" for the BBC and that she had identified "some serious failings" in the organisation's culture. No individuals were named as personally responsible.Reuse content