Stuart Hall to be stripped of OBE
Stuart Hall will be stripped of his OBE in the wake of his conviction for sex offences against children.
The 83-year-old broadcaster is set to officially lose the honour, which he was awarded in 2012 for services to broadcasting and charity, later today, sources said.
An independent forfeiture committee decides whether recipients should lose honours if they have brought the system into disrepute. Their decision is then announced in the London Gazette.
Former It's A Knockout presenter Stuart is currently serving a 30-month jail term after finally admitting offences of indecent assault relating to 13 victims. He had previously publicly declared his innocence.
Stuart was initially given a 15-month prison term, but the Court of Appeal ruled that the sentence was "inadequate" and it was doubled in July. Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said his denials of his crimes were a ''seriously aggravating'' feature in the case.
He eventually admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls aged between nine and 17 over a period of almost 20 years in April, and a reporting ban on his pleas was lifted in May.
He had previously stridently condemned the accusations, which he labelled ''pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious''.
He said he had endured ''a living nightmare'' and, but for his ''very loving family'', may have considered taking his own life.
Hall has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century, and his eccentric and erudite football match summaries made him a cult figure on BBC Radio 5 Live.
He also wrote a weekly sport column for the Radio Times magazine up until his arrest.