Stuart Hall was jailed after admitting indecently assaulting 13 girls (Reuters
Stuart Hall is accused of 15 counts of rape and five counts of indecent assaultReuters

Former BBC broadcaster Stuart hall has pleaded not guilty to a total of 20 counts of rape and indecent assault against two girls.

Hall, 84, appeared at Preston Crown Court accused of seven counts of rape and two indecent assaults against one girl aged between 14 and 16. The offences took place between 1976 and 1978.

He is also accused of eight counts of rape and three indecent assaults against his second alleged victim, aged between 11 and 15. The attacks are alleged to have taken place between 1976 and 1981.

The former It's A Knockout presenter is set to stand trial to face the charges on 6 May.

Hall, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, is currently serving a 30-month jail term after admitting to indecently assaulting 13 girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1986.

The latest accusations were brought against him after he was sentenced for the previous charges.

Hall was best known for his distinctive commentating style and was a broadcaster for 50 years. In December 2011 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list for services to broadcasting and charity.