Rape trial date set for broadcaster Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall
Image caption Mr Hall's trial is expected to last four weeks

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.

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