Peel Wing may be renamed after affair claim, says BBC
- 12 October 2012
- From the section UK
The BBC may reconsider naming part of its London headquarters after the late John Peel, following allegations he had sex with a 15-year-old.
According to the Daily Mail, the former BBC DJ met teenager Jane Nevin in 1969.
She told the paper they had sex, after which she became pregnant.
A BBC spokesman said: "Clearly, in the event of proven allegations of sexual abuse the BBC would reconsider its decision on the naming of part of our new building."
The BBC announced in March this year that it was renaming part of BBC Broadcasting House after the late Radio 1 DJ.
Then-director general Mark Thompson announced the Egton Wing, part of its central London headquarters, would be renamed the Peel Wing.
The site is the former home of Radio 1, where Peel broadcast for much of his career.
Speaking at the time, Mr Thompson said it was "a fitting tribute to a man who personified so much of what the BBC stands for".
Peel began working for a radio station in Dallas in the 1960s, followed by a spell on pirate station Radio London, before moving to Radio 1 in 1967.
In addition to his Radio 1 show, he could also be heard on the BBC's World Service, Radio 4's Home Truths and Top Of The Pops.
A champion of new music, he helped launch the career of acts from David Bowie, through to Joy Division and the White Stripes.
He was appointed OBE in 1998 and earned a place in the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.