"Like a lot of other people in this country today I am wondering why it has taken 30 or 40 years for these allegations to surface.
"The last two months of my life have been a living nightmare. I have never gone through so much stress in my life and I am finding it difficult to sustain. Fortunately I have a very loving family and they are very supportive, and I think but for their love I might have been constrained to take my own life."
Hall, of Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been a familiar face and voice in British broadcasting for half a century and was last year awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours.
The broadcaster was charged last month with the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman in 1976 and 14 offences of indecent assault against 10 girls aged between nine and 16, which allegedly took place between 1967 and 1986.
During the short court hearing, Hall, wearing a navy pin-stripe suit, light blue shirt and dark blue tie, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address. District Judge Peter Ward bailed Hall to appear at Preston Crown Court on March 1. On January 7, Hall pleaded not guilty to three separate indecent assault charges dating between 1974 and 1984.