Vicky Flind, wife of newsreader Huw Edwards, said her husband is the BBC presenter accused of paying a teenager for sexually explicit photographs.
“In light of the recent reporting about the ‘BBC presenter’, I make this statement on behalf of my husband, Huw Edwards, after five extremely difficult days for our family,” she said in a statement.
“I do this primarily out of concern for his mental well-being and to protect our children. Huw suffers from serious psychological problems. It is well known that he has been receiving treatment for severe depression in recent years.”
Flind says the events of the past few days have made matters worse. “He had another serious episode and is now receiving treatment in hospital. He will remain in the hospital for the foreseeable future.”
As soon as he is strong enough, he intends to respond to the reports that have been published, his wife added.
“To make it clear – Huw heard about the allegations against him last Thursday. Under the circumstances and given Huw’s condition, I ask that the privacy of my family and everyone involved be respected. I know Huw is very sorry that so many colleagues have been affected by the speculation in the media. We hope this statement will bring it to an end.”
Who is Huw Edwards?
According to the BBC, the 61-year-old Edwards is a household name and one of the BBC’s best-known presenters. He has worked for the broadcaster for the past four decades, including two decades as the BBC’s main presenter Ten O’Clock News.
He acted as presenter during the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the weddings of Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan. He also has the Queen’s Diamond and Platinum Jubilees.
He is one of the BBC’s highest paid employees and lives in London with his wife and five children.