Disgraced BBC’s IT’S A KNOCKOUT presenter and “child defiler” stripped of OBE

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Stuart Hall arriving at Preston Crown Court where he was jailed for sexually abusing 13 victimsIT’S A KNOCKOUT presenter Stuart Hall has been stripped of his OBE in the wake of his conviction for a string of sex offences against children.

A notice was this afternoon placed in the London Gazette confirming that the Queen has directed his honour should be “cancelled and annulled.”

The disgraced star was only made an OBE in 2012 for services to broadcasting and charity.

But he fell spectacularly from grace after he was jailed earlier this year for sexually abusing 13 victims, one as young as nine, over two decades.

The 83-year-old was initially jailed for 15 months but after public outcry his jail term was doubled in July by the Court of Appeal.

Hall, a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century was arrested in December last year on suspicion of sex offences.

After being charged, he called the accusations “pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious”.

Hall, whose full name is James Stuart Hall, said he had endured “a living nightmare” and, but for his “very loving family”, may have considered taking his own life.

However he eventually admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls aged between nine and 17 over a period of almost 20 years in April. A reporting ban on his pleas was lifted in May.

In rising his jail term to 30 months, Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said his initial denials of his crimes were a “seriously aggravating” feature in the case.

The married star’s 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.

In 1999 various Members of Parliament signed a House of Commons motion, congratulating Hall on 40 years in broadcasting.

He was made an OBE in the 2012 New Year’s list.

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