The BBC on Friday removed one of its main presenters after it was alleged that he had paid more than 35,000 pounds (R$ 220,000) to receive explicit photos of a person aged 17 at the time when payments began to be made. done.
The case was made public by The Sun newspaper, which interviewed the victim’s mother. She said she saw bank statements proving the deposits made, which started in 2020.
The mother told the newspaper that she made the complaint against the presenter to the BBC on May 19, as a way to stop the payments that fueled the abuse victim’s crack addiction.
However, the presenter was only removed from the air after the news was published by The Sun.
The newspaper said the network had launched an internal investigation into cybercrime, but the family was frustrated that they continued to see the accused on-air, “perhaps still sending money.”
A BBC spokesman said the case was being taken seriously, and the network “has processes in place to deal with reports of this nature”.
Not the first allegation against BBC presenter
The BBC has a historic trauma of misconduct in its cast due to the case of children’s show host Jimmy Saville, a legend in British TV.
After decades running charity programs and actions, it was proven that he sexually abused children invited to participate in the shows.
A year ago the case repeated itself. Former BBC radio DJ Tim Westwood has been the subject of an allegation of systematic abuse of young aspiring artists looking for an opportunity to showcase their work.
In both cases, the broadcaster was accused of ignoring warnings and preliminary complaints.
Presenter would also have sent explicit photos
In the new case, there are no indications of any professional connection between the exploited person and the presenter targeted by the complaint.
The mother said the payments helped turn the victim into a “crack-addicted ghost” within three years. And that she felt bad when she saw the presenter on TV.
In addition to receiving images, the presenter would also have sent photos of him, taken at his workplace.
The Sun newspaper reported that the family did not ask for any payment in exchange for the complaint (a practice of tabloid newspapers), and that by making the case public it was only intended that the presenter stop sending money to finance his drug addiction.
In a note, the BBC hinted that it still did not have enough evidence, although it removed the presenter after Friday’s report:
“If we receive information that requires further investigation or examination, we will take steps to do so.
This includes trying to actively speak with those who contact us in order to seek out more details and understand the situation.
If, at any time, new information comes to light or is provided – including through newspapers – this will be done appropriately in accordance with internal processes.”
The news reverberated in all British newspapers and TVs.
The BBC is a public broadcaster, funded mainly by a mandatory annual fee paid by households for access to the channels, which makes crises at the broadcaster a government problem.
The network’s decision not to reveal the presenter’s name despite having removed him sparked a wave of speculation on social media, with BBC stars being singled out as possible abusers.
Recently, another case involving a British presenter and a young man made headlines.
Philip Schofield, anchor of the morning show on the privately owned network ITV, was ousted and disgraced after it was revealed that he had been in a relationship with a young producer.
Originally Posted by MediaTalks
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