Celebrities and colleagues of BBC star Huw Edwards have reacted tonight after he was named as the presenter involved in the sex pictures scandal.
Huw was named as the man accused of allegedly paying a teenager more than £35,000 for sexually explicit pictures by his wife Vicky Flind in a statement issued on his behalf. Stars, including former colleagues and friends have since reacted to the news online, The Mirror reports.
Former BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker said on Twitter: “This is an awful situation & 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.”
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Alastair Campbell wrote: “Like virtually everyone else, I know absolutely nothing about the events that have led to the statement by Huw Edwards’ wife. But I do know that he is a superb broadcaster. I know too that he has a long history of depression. He and I have spoken about it often, including in an interview for @MensHealthUK shortly before the Queen’s death which he covered so brilliantly.
“Precisely because he is both well known and well liked he is the perfect target for those who would undermine and indeed would like to destroy the BBC. Nobody should help them. The police having said no action to be taken, whatever he did or did not do is a matter for him and his family, and for the BBC. The obsession with this story has been a further sign of a media that has frankly become weird. But I hope – almost certainly in vain – that Huw and his family are given the privacy they need and to which they are entitled. And the same goes for all others involved in this story. I hope he is getting good care and wish it was available to all who struggle with their mental health.”
Where to get mental health help in 2023
- Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence
- Platform 1 men’s community group: Support for issues including mental health problems and addiction recovery. Visit the website or call 01484 421143.
- Andy’s Man Club: [email protected]
- PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141
- Mind: A charity offering support and advice for people with mental health problems.
- Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. There’s a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58
- MindOut: Provide support and advice on mental health for members of LGBTQ communities. Phone 01273 234839
Community Links Engagement and Recovery Service (CLEAR): A Kirklees group-based recovery-focused health and wellbeing service for individuals with mental health needs, including dementia. You can telephone 01924 465054 or 01484 519097 for a referral.
Jon Sopel, a former BBC journalist who has been North America editor, a political correspondent and presenter, tweeted: “This is an awful and shocking episode, where there was no criminality, but perhaps a complicated private life. That doesn’t feel very private now. I hope that will give some cause to reflect. They really need to. I wish @thehuwedwards well.”
MP Jess Phillips added: “Just coming on here to say that Vicky Flind is by some distance one of the nicest, kindest and most decent women I’ve had the privilege to work with.”
Former Downing Street Director of Communications and Controller of English news output for BBC Global News Craig Oliver commented: “Vicky Flind – who is married to Huw Edwards – is a hugely respected figure in broadcasting. As the Metropolitan Police say there is no evidence of law breaking, we should respect her call for privacy for her family, knowing we will soon hear the full story.”
Huw’s wife Vicky’s statement read: “In light of the recent reporting regarding the ‘BBC Presenter’ I am making this statement on behalf of my husband Huw Edwards, after what have been five extremely difficult days for our family.
“I am doing this primarily out of concern for his mental well-being and to protect our children. Huw is suffering from serious mental health issues. As is well documented, he has been treated for severe depression in recent years.
“The events of the last few days have greatly worsened matters, he has suffered another serious episode and is now receiving in-patient hospital care where he’ll stay for the foreseeable future. Once well enough to do so, he intends to respond to the stories that have been published.
“To be clear Huw was first told that there were allegations being made against him last Thursday. In the circumstances and given Huw’s condition I would like to ask that the privacy of my family and everyone else caught up in these upsetting events is respected. I know that Huw is deeply sorry that so many colleagues have been impacted by the recent media speculation. We hope this statement will bring that to an end.”
*If you are struggling with mental health, you can speak to a trained advisor from Mind mental health charity on 0300 123 3393 or email [email protected]