Former BBC DJ admits abusing boys

Comment on this story
iol news pic child abuse dolls INLSA Stock picture

London - A former top BBC radio disc jockey on Tuesday pleaded guilty in a British court to a string of sex offences against boys.

Chris Denning, 73, admitted 29 charges involving boys aged nine to 16 during an appearance a London court.

But he denied a further 12 charges and was remanded in custody until November 24, when he will face trial on those counts.

The offences he admitted took place between 1967 and 1984.

Denning was one of the original presenters when BBC Radio 1 was launched in 1967 as a direct response to the pirate offshore stations broadcasting pop music.

He was also the first announcer heard on BBC2 when the corporation launched its second television channel in 1964, Britain's third TV station and the first in Europe to broadcast regularly in colour.

Denning was first arrested in June last year by detectives from Operation Yewtree, a police investigation into historic allegations of sex abuse set up after revelations that broadcaster Jimmy Savile was a prolific abuser. - AFP

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines