BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with three counts of indecent assault against young girls aged between eight and 17.
Complaints about the 82-year-old Radio 5 Live football presenter have been made to Lancashire police about alleged incidents in the 1970s and 1980s.
Hall has worked for more than a half century in British broadcasting and was awarded an OBE in this year's New Years Honours. He also presented the It's A Knockout show in the 1970s.
John Dilworth, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said the charges are that between September 1, 1974, and December 31, 1974, he indecently assaulted a woman who was then aged 16 or 17 years.
Between January 1, 1983, and December 31, 1983, he is accused of indecently assaulting a girl then aged eight or nine years and between July 1, 1984, and September 27, 1984, he allegedly indecently assaulted a girl then aged 13 years.
Mr Dilworth added: "He has been bailed to appear at Preston Magistrates' Court on January 7, 2013.
"This decision is made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to prosecute this case."
Hall was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on Wednesday morning.
The BBC has said that he will not be working for them while police continue with their inquiries.