May 15, 2012 9:19

Gary Glitter set for bumper payday after BBC airs 'Top Of The Pops' repeat

Disgraced popstar's performance of 'It Takes All Night Long' was shown on Saturday (May 12)

Gary Glitter set for bumper payday after BBC airs 'Top Of The Pops' repeat

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Gary Glitter could be set to earn thousands of pounds in royalties after the BBC aired a repeat of him performing on Top Of The Pops in 1977 over the weekend.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 of possession of child pornography and served four months in prison. After his release, he relocated to Vietnam, where he was subsequently convicted of a string of child sexual abuse offences.

However, he could now stand to earn thousands of pounds in royalties after the BBC aired an episode of Top Of The Pops on Saturday (May 12) which featured the singer performing 'It Takes All Night Long'.

The showing of Glitter performing the song, which features the opening line of "Cuddle me close. Hold me tight", drew a large number of official complaints from viewers, according to the Daily Telegraph.

A spokesman for the BBC defended the decision to show it and said that it would "have been inappropriate to rewrite history". They said in a statement: "It would be inappropriate for the BBC to rewrite history, so the programme was shown in its entirety."

A similar incident occurred earlier this year when it was revealed that Glitter's 1972 track 'Rock And Roll Part II' was likely to be played at this year's Super Bowl, which again could have earned him thousands of pounds in royalties. However, NFL authorities stepped in and banned the song from being played.

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