Convicted sex offender Gary Glitter to be paid thousands in royalties

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 17:58

London: The BBC has been criticised for airing an archive footage performance of Gary Glitter on British music chart show ‘Top of the Pops’, that will earn the disgraced star hefty royalties. The footage, which was shown on Saturday as part of the popular re-runs of episodes from the 1970s, featured Glitter singing ‘It Takes All Night Long’, caused many viewers to remark on the rather unfortunate lyrics.

The first line includes the words “Cuddle me close. Hold me tight”.

Many viewers made official complaints, expressing their disgust that Glitter would receive money from the airing of the TV show, as well as making their opinions heard via social networks Facebook and Twitter, a leading daily has reported.

But BBC bosses defended their decision to air the show, stating it would be inappropriate for them to have edited out Glitter’s performance.

“It would be inappropriate for the BBC to rewrite history, so the programme was shown in its entirety,” they said.

Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) was convicted of possession of child pornography in the United Kingdom in 1999, after pleading guilty to 54 offences of making indecent photographs of children. In 2006 he was jailed in Vietnam for 26 months for abusing two girls aged 10 and 11.


First Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 17:58

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