Sex assaults sentence doubled for British broadcaster Hall
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Court of Appeal on Friday doubled the jail sentence handed to veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall, saying his original 15-month term for indecently assaulting young girls was inadequate.
The 83-year-old, who presented the hit BBC television show It's a Knockout in the 1970s and 1980s and later became a well-known radio football commentator, has been described by prosecutors as an "opportunistic predator".
He was jailed last month after admitting to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987, when he regularly appeared on British television.
The abuse surfaced following revelations that late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, one of the best-known faces in British entertainment from the 1960s until the 1990s, was a serial child sex offender.