Stuart Hall, who has been arrested by police investigating an allegation of rape and indecent assault, has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century.
His contribution to the medium saw him awarded the OBE in the most recent New Year Honours.
While best known to television audiences for his hosting of It's a Knockout in the 1970s and early '80s, Hall has won a cult following in recent years for his eccentric football match summaries on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Police officers arrived at Stuart Hall's home at about 8am this morning and stayed until 2pm when one uniformed officer left carrying two big bans containing items.
There were two marked Cheshire police vehicles in the driveway of his home for a few hours.
An 82-year-old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire has this morning been arrested by Lancashire Police at his home address on suspicion of rape and indecent assault. The man will be interviewed at a police station during the course of the day.
The allegations are historic. We are not prepared to discuss further. We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously.
– Lancashire Police statement
We would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse or who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report their concerns, confident in the knowledge it will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.
Former It's a Knockout presenter Stuart Hall, 82, has been arrested by police investigating an allegation of rape and indecent assault.
The veteran BBC commentator was detained this morning, Press Association sources said.
Lancashire Police did not name Hall but said a suspect was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, earlier today.