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King quizzed for Genesis programme

Music impresario Jonathan King, who was jailed for child sex offences, is to return to TV screens after being interviewed for a BBC documentary about rock band Genesis.

He features in the programme to discuss his role in the band's early days after he discovered them while visiting his old school, Charterhouse, in the late 1960s.

King, a former chart-topping star and TV producer, has rarely featured on TV since his release from prison in 2005 after three and a half years and has continued to maintain he was "completely innocent" of the offences for which he was convicted.

The 69-year-old had worked on BBC shows such as No Limits and The Great British Song Contest in the years before his conviction. But after his release, his contribution to the music world was all but glossed over including the deletion of his appearance on a 1976 edition of Top Of The Pops, performing It Only Takes A Minute, when the show was re-run on BBC4 in 2011.

King accused the broadcaster at the time of a "Stalinist revision of history" and received a letter from then director-general Mark Thompson apologising and assuring him that he would not be cut if the programme were to be screened again.

He has now been interviewed for a BBC2 film called Genesis Together And Apart, which talks to key players from the band's past. King gave them their big break after he was handed a tape when Charterhouse old boys were invited back to the school.

In the documentary - to be broadcast on October 4 - he says: "I was a successful pop star - the first act on the London Top Of The Pops show - and of course I went back to Charterhouse in glory in my little Austin Healey Sprite and one of the kids at Charterhouse rushed up to me with a grubby cassette tape, which I still have to this day and said 'Ah, this is the school group, listen to it'.

"I got in touch with them and said 'I really like the sound of you, I'd like to produce you' and they said 'Yes please'. I gave them the name Genesis because for me that was the start of my production career.

King - who did not receive an appearance fee from the BBC - goes on: " I'm not very good with really good creative artists. I'm actually better with people just doing as I say because it's my work of art I want to do."

Explaining his inclusion on the programme, a BBC spokeswoman said: "As Jonathan King played a significant role in discovering Genesis during their early years he appears briefly in the documentary."

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