Gambaccini sex abuse arrest

Veteran BBC TV and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of the inquiry into alleged sexual offences by Jimmy Savile and others.

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Gambaccini bailed until early January

Paul Gambaccini was released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of sexual offences by officers investigating Operation Yewtree.

A police spokesman refused to confirm the identity of the arrested man, but said:

The man was arrested at an address in south London on suspicion of sexual offences and taken into police custody.

He falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'.

Police confirmed that another man, aged 74, was also arrested as part of the investigation. Oficers said both have been bailed to a date in early January pending further inquiries

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Gambaccini to be kept off air for 'coming weeks'

Paul Gambaccini decided he did not want to present his radio show tomorrow, and in his absence, the BBC said they would change their programming schedules. In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said:

Paul Gambaccini has decided that, in light of today's media attention, he would rather not be on-air at present and we respect that decision.

Therefore, Paul will not be presenting on BBC Radio in coming weeks and replacement programmes for the period will be announced soon.

Who is BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini?

  • Paul Gambaccini is a 64-year-old American/British broadcaster
  • Presenter of the Ivor Novello Awards for 11 years
  • He currently presents 'America's Greatest Hits' on BBC Radio 2 every Saturday evening at 8pm
  • He also presents the popular BBC Radio 4 series 'For One Night Only'
  • A veteran BBC broadcaster, he appeared BBC Radio 1 for 18 years, presenting the US Chart Show
  • Until recently he presented the Classic Countdown on Classic FM
  • In 1996 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio award from the Radio Academy
  • He co-authored The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles

Paul Gambaccini arrested in Operation Yewtree

Veteran BBC TV and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences as part of the inquiry into alleged sexual offences by Jimmy Savile and others.

Paul Gambaccini at the Ivor Novello awards in Grosvenor House Hotel, London, this year. Credit: PA Wire

He was arrested on Tuesday under the "others" strand of the Operation Yewtree, meaning the allegations are not linked directly to Jimmy Savile.

Scotland Yard said on Tuesday that two men - aged 64 and 74 - were arrested at separate addresses in south London and taken into custody.

The two arrests on Tuesday are the 15th and 16th arrested as part of police inquiries.

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