Woman 'seduced by John Peel aged 15' urges BBC to continue plans to name part of HQ after late DJ
23:58 GMT, 18 January 2013
02:48 GMT, 19 January 2013
The woman who claims she had a an affair with the DJ said he did absolutely nothing wrong
A woman who claims she had an affair with John Peel when she was 15 has urged the BBC to continue with plans to name part of its headquarters after the radio presenter.
The BBC announced in March it would rename the Egton Wing of Broadcasting House the Peel Wing.
But the plans were put on hold after Jane Nevin told the Daily Mail she became pregnant after a three-month affair with the DJ – then aged 30 – who ‘used her for sex’.
Now Miss Nevin has jumped to the defence of the Radio 1 legend, who died in 2004, saying: ‘He was nothing like Jimmy Savile.’
She added: ‘He was not a paedophile. He was just a bloke. Leave the man be, he did absolutely nothing wrong.
‘It was just me being a very impressionable teenager and wanting to be on his arm. I didn’t feel abused. I was just happy to be with him.’
Mark Thompson, the then director-general, said last year that renaming the wing would be ‘a fitting tribute to a man who personified so much of what the BBC stands for’.
But months later, at the height of the Savile scandal, Miss Nevin revealed details of their affair, which happened when she was underage.
The BBC responded by saying it would have to ‘reconsider’ its plans regarding the tribute.
Miss Nevin, 59, who lives in Capel, Surrey, met Peel at a Black Sabbath concert in the summer of 1969.
She said she was ‘in awe’ of him and they would often go to his BBC studio or backstage at concerts to make love.
The BBC said after the claims it would have to reconsider its plans regarding the tribute
She added: ‘I was insecure and impressionable. I suppose I used him for his fame and he used me for sex.’
They split up when her mother found out about the relationship but she discovered weeks later that she was pregnant.
She had an abortion, calling it ‘the worst day of my life’.
But she said she cannot be sure Peel was the father because she was dating two other men around the time.
When she wrote to Peel 30 years later mentioning their ‘brief affair’, he replied expressing his relief that she was not writing to confess she had his secret child.
Miss Nevin said she could not remember telling Peel her age or that she was at school but couldn’t ‘say categorically that I didn’t’.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘Clearly, in the event of proven allegations of sexual abuse the BBC would reconsider its decision on the naming of part of our new building.’
The redevelopment of Broadcasting House at Portland Place, central London, has cost more than 1billion.