Mr Blackburn referred to this conclusion in his own statement, saying: “Given Dame Janet Smith’s concerns of a culture of fear in coming forward at the BBC, what whistle-blower at the BBC would ever come forward when they see the way they have hung me out to dry?”
“Sadly, today’s news agenda should have been about the survivors of abuse carried out within the BBC but, by sacking me, they have managed to take the focus off those who have suffered so much,” he added.
“My lawyers are now considering all statements made by the BBC about me today and we will be taking action.”
Fellow TV and radio broadcasters, including Piers Morgan and Eamonn Holmes, have been sending supportive tweets to the DJ throughout the day.
Broadcaster Nina Myskow told Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2: “It should be a black day for the BBC because of the revelations about the whole Savile episode, but in fact that’s been buried very cleverly by the BBC as usual by sacking Tony Blackburn.”