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BBC Picks Ex-Judge to Lead Sex Abuse Probe Against Former Host

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The U.K. public broadcaster says Linda Dobbs will investigate Stuart Hall's conduct while at the BBC after he admitted to sex offenses against girls.

LONDON -- The BBC said Tuesday retired that High Court Judge Linda Dobbs will lead an investigation into veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall’s conduct at the public broadcaster.

The 83-year-old presenter Hall, who in May admitted to a string of historic sex offenses against girls, will be the subject of a review of his actions while at the BBC.

Dobbs takes up the review duties after Janet Smith confirmed that she would not be able to oversee this aspect of her review due to a potential conflict of interest.

Dobbs’ investigation will feed into Smith's ongoing review into the BBC’s culture and practices during the years that Jimmy Savile, the BBC stalwart presenter who became front and center of the worst sexual abuse scandal to hit the BBC, worked at the broadcaster.

The findings in the Hall investigation will help form part of Smith’s overarching conclusions.

Dobbs has been appointed by the BBC executive board with the agreement of the BBC Trust.

She will report directly to the director general, Tony Hall.

The Stuart Hall investigation has its own terms of reference, the BBC said, and will begin "as a matter of urgency."