Hall sentence to be reviewed

The Attorney General's office is to review Stuart Hall's sentence after the broadcaster was jailed for 15 months at Preston Crown Court for 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine. Labour said the sentence was 'unduly lenient'.

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Stuart Hall's barrister asks for 'the mercy of the court'

by - Former UK Editor

Stuart Hall's barrister says his task is to apologise for what he's done and ask for the mercy of the court.

He says in the dock is a frightened and bewildered 83-year-old answering for touching no more no less of 13, not 1,300 women, a quarter of a century ago.

The reference from Hall's QC to only 13 victims, not 1300, is his barrister making comparisons with Jimmy Savile's actions.



Stuart Hall arrives at court before sentencing

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has arrived at Preston Crown Court where he will be sentenced after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting 13 girls between 1967 and 1986.

Stuart Hall has arrived at Preston Crown Court. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
He will be sentenced after pleading guilty to indecent assault of 13 girls. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

BBC announces investigation into Stuart Hall conduct

The BBC has announced the corporation will now launch a separate investigation covering the conduct of the disgraced presenter Stuart Hall.

Chairman Lord Patten had previously said there would be no separate inquiry.

He had said that a review into the Jimmy Savile scandal would look at how Hall gained access to his victims.

In light of a potential conflict of interest with Dame Janet Smith there will be a freestanding investigation covering Stuart Hall's conduct at the BBC which will feed into her Review. This work will be led by a different individual appointed by the BBC.

– BBC statement

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