Stuart Hall celebrates after he was made an Officer of the
British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at an
Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in March. Photo
A veteran BBC TV and radio presenter has been charged
with three counts of indecent assault by British police, the
latest high-profile figure to be questioned since a sex scandal
erupted at Britain's publicly funded broadcaster.
The charges will be a further embarrassment for the BBC,
which was thrown into turmoil when it was revealed in October
that one of its former top stars, the late Jimmy Savile, had
been one of Britain's most prolific serial child sex
Stuart Hall, 82, best known for hosting the popular TV
programme "It's a Knockout" in the 1970s and 80s and who
still appears on radio, was not charged with rape, police
"The offences are alleged to have been committed between 1974
and 1984 and to involve three girls aged between 9 and 16
years," police said in a statement.
Hall has been released on bail and will appear before
magistrates on Jan. 7, police said.
The presenter still regularly appears on BBC airwaves,
delivering erudite and grandiose soccer reports for which he
is well-known to sports fans.
His agent declined to go into detail about the arrest and
referred queries to the BBC, but a spokeswoman for the
broadcaster said: "We are not commenting on that."
After revelations about Savile emerged in October, police
launched an investigation into the presenter and potential
accomplices. They have so far quizzed five people including
the former glam rock singer Gary Glitter and comedian Freddie
Starr, who both deny any wrongdoing.
Hall's arrest is not part of that investigation, but
revelations about Savile have prompted a flurry of
allegations to police around the country.
The broadcaster's much-criticised response to the disclosures
and suggestions it had covered up allegations against Savile
led to the resignation of its director general George
Entwistle last month.