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Huw Edwards in hospital after being named as BBC presenter facing allegations

13 Jul 2023 5 minute read
Huw Edwards. Photo Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The wife of newsreader Huw Edwards has said he is receiving in-patient hospital care as she named him as the BBC presenter facing allegations over payments for sexually explicit images.

Vicky Flind, said her husband was “suffering from serious mental health issues” and was now receiving treatment in a statement issued on Wednesday evening.

It comes as the Metropolitan Police said no criminal offence had been committed by Edwards and that no further police action would be taken “at this time”, allowing an internal BBC investigation to resume.

In a message to staff, BBC director-general Tim Davie said that the corporation’s “immediate concern is our duty of care to all involved”.

After Edwards was named as the presenter at the centre of the allegations, multiple BBC colleagues and high-profile media personalities spoke out to support him.

Meanwhile on Wednesday evening, BBC Newsnight reported new claims from one current and one former BBC worker, who said they had received “inappropriate messages” from Edwards, “some late at night and signed off with kisses”.

Both said there was “a reluctance among junior staff to complain to managers about the conduct of high-profile colleagues in case it adversely affected their careers,” Newsnight said.

The Sun, which first reported allegations against the then unnamed presenter last week claiming they had paid a young person tens of thousands of pounds for explicit images, said it had no plans to publish further allegations and would co-operate with the BBC’s internal investigation process.

In Thursday’s edition, The Sun’s front page focuses on Ms Flind’s statement and the paper says Edwards is facing further claims from BBC colleagues over “suggestive messages” sent on social media.

“Challenging”

One former editor of The Sun said the newspaper had “inflicted terror” on the newsreader “despite no evidence of any criminal offence” and now faced “a crisis”.

David Yelland, who was in charge at the paper from 1998 to 2003, wrote on Twitter: “I wish @thehuwedwards well.

“The Sun inflicted terror on Huw despite no evidence of any criminal offence.

“This is no longer a BBC crisis, it is a crisis for the paper. Huw’s privacy must now be respected.

“Social media also needs speedy reform.”

In his internal memo, Mr Davie said the words from Ms Flind were “a reminder that the last few days have seen personal lives played out in public”.

“At the heart of this are people and their families,” his message said.

“This will no doubt be a difficult time for many after a challenging few days. I want to reassure you that our immediate concern is our duty of care to all involved.”

Mr Davie also referenced an earlier request from the Metropolitan Police asking the corporation to pause its internal investigation, saying: “It is important we now continue with this work.

“I want to be clear that in doing so we will follow due process.”

The Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday that no criminal offence had been committed by the presenter, and that no specific details or information about further allegations reported in the media had been provided to them.

The Sun’s Wednesday front page had run a story in which it claimed Edwards, who had not been identified at that point, had also broken lockdown rules during the coronavirus pandemic in 2021, to meet up with another young person.

“Privacy”

The newspaper said it has seen messages which suggest he had travelled to see the 23-year-old in February 2021, after meeting them on a dating website the previous November.

Father of five Edwards is the BBC’s highest paid newsreader, with a pay bracket of £435,000–£439,999, putting him fourth on the top 10 list, the corporation’s annual report revealed on Tuesday.

The presenter was last seen on BBC One’s News At Ten on July 5 when he co-presented a special edition live from Edinburgh as the King was honoured in the Scottish capital – and sources have made it clear to PA that Edwards, 61, has not resigned from the BBC.

The statement from his wife, a TV producer who has worked on BBC’s This Week politics show and Robert Peston’s ITV programme, Peston, to the PA news agency said: “Huw is suffering from serious mental health issues.

“As is well documented, he has been treated for severe depression in recent years.

“The events of the last few days have greatly worsened matters, he has suffered another serious episode and is now receiving in-patient hospital care where he’ll stay for the foreseeable future.”

She said that once the presenter, who has worked for the BBC for four decades, was well enough, he “intends to respond to the stories that have been published” and added that her husband was first told there were allegations “being made against him last Thursday”.

Ms Flind asked for privacy for the family and said: “I know that Huw is deeply sorry that so many colleagues have been impacted by the recent media speculation.

“We hope this statement will bring that to an end.”

In a statement on Twitter, Peston praised Ms Flind as “the kindest and most decent woman”.

“It has been difficult to feel what she and her family have been going through – and to read her statement that Huw has been hospitalised with acute depression,” he said.

Edwards has previously spoken about his mental health, revealing in a documentary in 2021 he had bouts of depression which have left him “bedridden” since 2002.


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hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago

Leave it alone. If it escalates again it will re-enter the public domain due to police involvement. Maybe it will be the Sun’s turn to have its dark side examined forensically.

Stuart Cane
Stuart Cane
7 months ago

It might be too early to have a view on Huw Edwards without all the facts, but I have very clear views on The Sun and its coverage!

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
7 months ago

Ultimately, the Sun printed an article before the full details and evidence was available in order to sell newspapers. It started a witch hunt that has affected many people. As a result a man, who already has mental health issues, faces a career in ruins. It’s called gutter press for a reason, there has to be laws brought in to protect people from this sort of ruthlessness. The editors at the Sun need to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror.

John Hammond
John Hammond
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Exactly the same behaviour by The Sun as in its Hillborough debacle. Right scumbag of a newspaper.

Blinedig
Blinedig
7 months ago

https://twitter.com/lunaperla/status/1679031839648874496
Compare the media attention given to this sad story and non-criminal act, to those of Tory MPs brushed under the carpet.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
7 months ago

Of all the Tabloid papers the Sun is by far the worst to sell stories for the right wing Tories and its low life owner Murdoch the Sun was produced Mon to Sat with its sister paper on Sunday News of the World that newspaper was basicly forced to shut down but then the Sun on Sunday came out replacing the other same horse different Jockey same filth stories on people The Sun reporting on Hillsbrough disaster of the Liverpool fans blaming them for everything after the 96 people GUTTER PRESS the newsagents in and around Liverpool would not sell… Read more »

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
7 months ago

Not even good enough for toilet paper that is the Sun

Cwm Rhondda
Cwm Rhondda
7 months ago

I wish Huw Edwards well and hope he makes a full recovery.

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