Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall was tonight charged with three offences of indecent assault against young girls.
The 82-year-old is accused of alleged offences committed between 1974 and 1984, involving three girls aged between nine and 16 years, Lancashire Police said.
He has been released without charge on an allegation of rape and a further allegation of indecent assault.
Mr Hall, of Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been bailed to appear before magistrates in Preston on 7 January 2013.
John Dilworth, Head of CPS North West Complex Casework Unit, said: "Following investigations by Lancashire Police into allegations of sexual assault by Stuart Hall I have reviewed all the evidence that they have gathered and have authorised Lancashire police to charge him with three counts of indecent assault.
"The charges are that between 1 September 1974 and 31 December 1974 he indecently assaulted a woman who was then aged 16 or 17 years, that between 1 January 1983 and 31 December 1983 he indecently assaulted a girl then aged eight or nine years, and that between 1 July 1984 and 27 September 1984 he indecently assaulted a girl then aged 13 years."