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Stuart Hall and Bill Roache are directors of a business owned by convicted rapist Owen Oysten

by | 2nd, May 2013

WHAT links BBC paedophile Stuart Hall with ITV’s alleged sex abuser Bill Roache? Mr Roache vehemently denies any wrongdoing. He has not been charged with any offences.

Well, in March 2013, the Mirror reported that Mr Roache and Hall are co-directors of Ridings Publishing. It publishes such titles as The Lancashire & North West magazine and The Yorkshire Ridings magazine.

The Mirror says the firm has been losing money.

Update: Ridings Publishing was, reportedly, founded and is still controlled by Owen Oyston. Who he? He’s the owner of Blackpool FC. In 1996, Oysten was found guilty and imprisoned for raping a 16-year-old girl. The Mirror includes this fact in its story.

Update 2: The Guardian wrote in 2009:

Oyston, a Preston-based entrepreneur, was stripped of his four radio licences in 1998 because he was no longer deemed “a fit and proper person”, and sold the remnants of his media empire – Lancashire Life, plus Yorkshire Life and Cheshire Life – to Archant eight years ago for approximately £18m.

This finance site says the trio do sit on the firm’s board.

Update 3:  The magazines seem to be operated by the companies Yorkshire Ridings Magazine Ltd and The Lancashire Magazine Ltd. Roache, Hall and Oysten are listed as directors of both companies.

And that’s it.



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