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Huw Edwards resigns from BBC on 'medical advice'

Welsh journalist, presenter leaves BBC after 40 years of service

By Web Desk
April 22, 2024
Huw Edwards leaves BBC network after 40 years. — AFP/File
Huw Edwards leaves BBC network after 40 years. — AFP/File

Journalist and presenter Huw Edwards has resigned from the BBC network following "medical advice", as per the media organisation Monday.

Following newspaper reports claiming that Edwards paid a young person for sexually explicit images, the 62-year-old has been off air since July last year.

Often chosen for the front coverage of major national events, he was the most high-profile news anchor at BBC.

"Huw Edwards has today resigned and left the BBC," a statement said Monday.

"After 40 years of service, Huw has explained that his decision was made on the basis of medical advice from his doctors. The BBC has accepted his resignation which it believes will allow all parties to move forward. We don't believe it appropriate to comment further," it added.

Huw Edwards' journey with BBC 

Before finally getting a job as a political reporter for BBC Wales, the presenter became part of the organisation as a trainee in 1984.

After two years, Edwards became the parliament correspondent as well as the BBC’s chief political journalist by the early 1990s at Westminster.

He was a constant face when the corporation used to be called BBC News 24 starting from 1997.

BBC’s influential people were impressed by Edward’s confident and remarkable performance.

Additionally, he also served as an occasional cover presenter on BBC One's "Six O'Clock News".

About his scandal, Edwards’s wife, Vicky Flind, issued a statement on July 12 saying Edwards was suffering "serious mental health issues" and had been hospitalised. 

"As is well documented, he has been treated for severe depression in recent years," she said, according to the corporation. 

"The events of the last few days have greatly worsened matters."