Former BBC presenter Peter Rowell faces child sex trial
Former BBC and ITV presenter Peter Rowell is to go on trial after denying 17 child sex charges.
Mr Rowell, of Wickwar, near Bristol, is charged with the rape of a child and 10 counts of indecent assault against a girl under 16.
He is also charged with six counts of making indecent pictures of a child and one of possessing an indecent picture.
The 53-year-old was granted conditional bail during a hearing earlier, at Bristol Crown Court.
His trial is expected to be held next spring and is likely to take up to ten days.
Mr Rowell, originally from Sunderland, presented the afternoon show on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset.
He was also a news bulletin reader on ITV West for more than 10 years and worked as a DJ for commercial radio station GWR in the 1980s.