Huw Edwards replacement 'revealed' following BBC scandal
Huw Edwards’ BBC News at 10 replacement is soon to be announced, according to reports.
The veteran journalist, 62, took over the flagship show as main anchor from David Dimbleby in 2019, but has been off air since claims emerged he had paid a young person more than £35,000 for sexually explicit images.
The Met police later confirmed there was no evidence of a crime being committed, with Edwards’s wife shortly afterwards releasing a statement on his behalf and sharing he’d been ‘suffering from serious mental health issues’ and was receiving in-patient hospital care where he would stay for the ‘foreseeable future’.
While an official announcement hasn’t been made, insiders claim broadcaster Clive Myrie will take over Edwards role on BBC News at Ten.
The Times claimed that Myrie’s role was the most prominent as he delivered BBC News’ chief executive Deborah Turness’ key line: ‘We will never forget that your trust is earned.’
It is also believed that staff were invited to an all-hands digital meeting on September 12 in which it was clear that Myrie would be the person that the BBC turns to as Edwards’ replacement.
In her statement Edwards’ wife Vicky Flind explained how the past five days had been ‘extremely difficult’ for the family and she wanted to release a statement ‘out of concern for his mental well-being and to protect our children’.
She explained that when her husband was ‘well enough’ to respond to the allegations, he intended to, whilst also adding that he was ‘deeply sorry that so many colleagues have been impacted by the recent media speculation’.
After Edwards was named as the presenter at the centre of the allegations, several others spoke out and expressed their concern for him, including Dan Walker, Alistair Campbell and Jon Sopel.
Channel 5 presenter Walker said it was ‘an awful situation and will come as a big shock to many.’
‘Huw Edwards is clearly not in a good place at the moment and this must be terrible for his family.
‘I just hope that whoever needs help – on all sides of this – gets the time, space & support they need to heal.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to BBC for comment.
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