Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been jailed for 15 months after he admitted 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine.
Hall, 83, had initially issued an impassioned public denial of any wrongdoing before he finally admitted his guilt at Preston Crown Court in April.
The disgraced former It’s A Knockout presenter was labelled an “opportunistic predator” of his victims, who he targeted between 1967 and 1987.
Sentencing him, the Recorder of Preston, Judge Anthony Russell QC, said Hall was known to the public for his “genial personality” but there was “a darker side” to him.
He said “those who admired you for these qualities and the general public now know that there is a darker side to you, one hidden from the public view until now - and a side which you were able to conceal taking advantage of your status as a well-liked celebrity.
“Several of these cases reveal an abuse of power by you because your status gave you an influence and standing which you abused.”