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Stuart Hall: Ex-BBC broadcaster in court over rape charges

Stuart Hall
Image caption Stuart Hall was known for his football match summaries on BBC Radio 5 Live and as a TV presenter

Ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has appeared in court facing 15 charges of rape and one count of indecent assault involving two girls.

The allegations relate to girls aged 16 or under and are said to have taken place in Greater Manchester and Cheshire between 1976 and 1981.

He sat in the dock at Preston Crown Court as future hearing dates were set.

The next appearance at court will be on 28 February, when he is expected to enter a plea.

The 83-year-old was the face of BBC regional news in the North West before he presented the TV entertainment programme It's A Knockout.

In later years, he was best known for his football match summaries on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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