Rape trial date set for broadcaster Stuart Hall
Broadcaster Stuart Hall has appeared in court charged with one count of rape and 14 counts of indecent assault.
The 83-year-old from Wilmslow, Cheshire, spoke only to confirm his name in the eight-minute preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court.
The case was adjourned until 16 April when he is expected to enter a plea. A provisional trial date has been set for 2 October.
The charges relate to alleged offences between 1967 and 1986.
Mr Hall is best known for his distinctive style of sports reporting on BBC Radio 5 live and his work on the 1970s TV show It's A Knockout.
He has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century and was appointed OBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and charity.