Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning admits abusing boys

Chris Denning Chris Denning appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court earlier

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to a string of historical sex offences against boys.

The 73-year-old admitted 29 charges of abuse against boys aged between nine and 16, at Southwark Crown Court.

He denied 12 further charges and will face a trial beginning on 24 November at the same London court.

Denning, of Basildon in Essex, was charged as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

The offences Denning admitted were committed between 1967 and 1984.

Chris Denning Denning will stand trial on further charges in November
File picture of Chris Denning He was the first announcer heard on BBC Two when the television channel launched in 1964

They were made up of 26 counts of indecent assault and three of indecency with a child.

The charges he denies include indecent assault, indecency with a child and more serious sexual offences.

Denning, who was first arrested by Yewtree detectives in June last year, was remanded in custody until his trial, which is expected to last up to two weeks.

He was one of the original line-up on BBC Radio 1 when the station launched in 1967.

He was also the first announcer heard on BBC Two when it took to the air in 1964.

More UK stories

RSS

Features

  • PlanesTest of nerve

    WW1 fighter pilots who navigated using a school atlas


  • Pauline Borghese What the butler saw

    Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris


  • A baby holds an adult's fingerSmall Data

    The time when the average age of death was zero


  • League of LegendsBattle for glory

    On the ground at League of Legends World Championship's final


  • Vinyl record pressing in AustraliaVinyl vibe

    Getting into the groove with Australia's last record maker


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.