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.
Report: Hall accused of move to avoid victims payout
Disgraced TV star Stuart Hall has been accused of avoiding a payout to his child abuse victims by signing over his £1.2 million house to wife, it has been reported in the Daily Telegraph.
Hall made the transfer in February, just weeks before he admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
A solicitor representing some of Hall's victims labelled the move "cynical".
The former BBC It's A Knockout Star told the Daily Telegraph that he gave his wife, Hazel, full ownership of their home in Cheshire because he has a heart defect.
"I have got an extreme heart condition and at any moment I'm liable to pop off," he said.
Asked whether he would give his victims compensation, he said: "That's lawyer talk."
Victims of the shamed veteran broadcaster have instructed Alan Collins, a partner at law firm Pannone and a specialist in sexual abuse cases, to pursue civil action in relation to injuries and harm suffered.
The NSPCC has said that it is against sex abuse suspects being given anonymity.
Peter Watt, director of the NSPCC helpline, said:
When a suspect is named in the public interest - for example when there is a child protection issue -it gives more victims an opportunity to come forward, which helps police build a stronger criminal case.
The Savile investigation revealed there were hundreds of people he had abused over half a century. Many may have felt theirs was an isolated case but could have been encouraged to speak out earlier if they had known the full extent of his crimes.
If a suspect's name is not known, the case against them may collapse through lack of witnesses, so potentially putting children at risk of harm.
Victim tells of moment Hall indecently assaulted her
A woman has told ITV News of the moment broadcaster Stuart Hall indecently assaulted her.
'Amy', who was prompted to go to the police after the Jimmy Savile case, said she was "relieved" Hall had pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults against girls aged between nine and 17, including an offence against her.
She was 17 when the veteran broadcaster sexually assaulted her.
She told ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning: "I am very, very relieved that it's all over, it's all over, and I can start thinking that what happened at that time wasn't my fault."
Hall's lawyer: 'Stuart sincerely regrets his actions'
Sex offender Stuart Hall "sincerely regrets his actions", his lawyers have said in a statement.
In a statement on his behalf, Brabners Chaffe Street said: "Stuart Hall confirms that he has pleaded guilty to fourteen charges of indecent assault.
"Mr Hall deeply and sincerely regrets his actions. He wishes to issue an unreserved apology to the individuals concerned. He now accepts his behaviour and actions were completely wrong and he is very remorseful.
"Mr Hall also wishes to apologise to his family, friends and supportive members of the public for whom he has high regard and respect.
"The last five months have been a strain and an ordeal for his family, who are standing by him. He asks for privacy during the next few weeks and he emphasises that he is contrite and faces punishment with fortitude and remorse.
"Mr Hall will not be making any further comment at this stage."