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U-turn by BBC as it agrees to hold a probe into pervert Stuart Hall

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Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall leaves Preston Crown Court after it was announced that he has admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged nine. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 2, 2013. Hall, 83, entered the guilty pleas last month at the court but they can only be revealed today after reporting restrictions were lifted. The sex offences took place between 1967 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Hall. Hall, 83, was initially charged with indecent assaults on three young girls dating between 1974 and 1984.

He then faced additional charges that he raped a woman in the 1970s and committed 14 sexual assaults against 10 further girls between 1967 and 1986. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall leaves Preston Crown Court after it was announced that he has admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged nine. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 2, 2013. Hall, 83, entered the guilty pleas last month at the court but they can only be revealed today after reporting restrictions were lifted. The sex offences took place between 1967 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Hall. Hall, 83, was initially charged with indecent assaults on three young girls dating between 1974 and 1984. He then faced additional charges that he raped a woman in the 1970s and committed 14 sexual assaults against 10 further girls between 1967 and 1986. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall leaves Preston Crown Court after it was announced that he has admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged nine. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 2, 2013. Hall, 83, entered the guilty pleas last month at the court but they can only be revealed today after reporting restrictions were lifted. The sex offences took place between 1967 and 1986. See PA story COURTS Hall. Hall, 83, was initially charged with indecent assaults on three young girls dating between 1974 and 1984. He then faced additional charges that he raped a woman in the 1970s and committed 14 sexual assaults against 10 further girls between 1967 and 1986. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The BBC has made a sudden U-turn over its decision not to hold a separate internal inquiry into the disgraced presenter Stuart Hall, who last week admitted to indecently assaulting 13 girls.

The organisation was criticised after it said it would only look at the matter as part of an ongoing review led by Dame Janet Smith into the culture and practices which allowed Jimmy Savile's activities at the BBC to go undetected.

Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that holding a separate inquiry into Hall would "probably delay arriving at the truth".

But yesterday the BBC took a different position.

"In light of a potential conflict of interest with Dame Janet Smith there will be a separate and parallel fact-finding inquiry covering Stuart Hall's conduct at the BBC," it said.

"This work will be led by a different individual to be agreed by the BBC and its results will be incorporated into the review's overall conclusions."

BBC News said yesterday that it understood Dame Janet knows someone who has been named in Press reports in relation to Hall.

Rob Wilson, a Conservative MP who had attacked the BBC for not holding a separate inquiry, last night criticised the BBC chairman's leadership.

"Only yesterday he said no new investigation, today it has changed. I had hoped something would have been learned from the Savile debacle," he said.

Belfast Telegraph


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