Huw Edwards quits the BBC due to Health Concerns

Huw Edwards, a TV news presenter, has resigned from the BBC due to “medical advice”, according to the organisation.

The presenter has been off the air since last July, following newspaper claims that he paid a young person for sexually explicit photos.

He was the BBC’s most prominent news anchor, frequently chosen to lead coverage of big national events.

“Huw Edwards has today resigned and left the BBC,” a brief statement read on Monday.

“After 40 years of service, Huw has stated that his decision was based on medical advice from his doctors.

“The BBC has accepted his resignation, which it believes will enable all parties to move forward. We do not believe it is appropriate to comment further.”

No police action

His resignation comes nine months after his wife revealed he had been committed to the hospital with “serious mental health issues”.

Police did not take action against him because there was no evidence that a crime had been committed.

The claims came after the Sun tabloid reported that an unnamed BBC broadcaster had paid a young person for obscene images.

The young person’s mother and stepfather were the paper’s sources, but a letter sent on their behalf by a lawyer condemned their version as “rubbish”.

A BBC internal investigation was sparked by multiple further allegations of inappropriate behaviour that were reported by the BBC and the press.

The young person’s mother revealed to The Sun on Monday that her family has been going through “immensely for nearly a year” of pain.

“In [Edwards] resigning we are worried we won’t get the answers we so desperately need,” she stated.

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“If Huw has been found to have done something wrong no action can be taken against him.”

Vicky Flind, the spouse of Edwards, revealed the presenter’s identity in public last July, after days of conjecture.

In 1999, Edwards rose to prominence as one of the Six O’Clock News’ primary anchors

He had recently received treatment for severe depression, therefore she said that her main motivations for acting were to safeguard his children and his mental health.

Two months prior to the Sun publishing its article, in May of last year, the young person’s family lodged an initial complaint with the BBC, which resulted in an apology that was made in February.

In public, Edwards, 62, has remained silent. His last broadcast was in July.

Normally, a suspended employee gets paid in full during that time. As the highest-paid newsreader for the company in 2022–2023, he made between £435,000 and £439,999.

It has been verified by the BBC that Edwards’ departure was not accompanied by any payment.

The Welsh broadcaster began her career with BBC News as a trainee in 1984. In 2003, she rose to prominence as one of the primary hosts of BBC One’s Ten O’Clock News, which is regarded as the network’s flagship programme.

Along with reporting on and offering commentary on occasions like as royal weddings, funerals, and general elections, he also informed the public of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing in 2022.

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