Back in July, the BBC was going through a major scandal, at first the channel wanted to keep the name of the presenter behind it secret. However, it was revealed that Huw Edwards, who was the BBC's highest paid presenter, had been the TV presenter who had allegedly paid a teenager for explicit photos. Huw Edwards’ wife was the one to reveal the truth.
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After the news had broken out, Huw Edwards’s wife released a statement explaining that her husband was struggling with mental health issues and had a history of problems. She then revealed that Huw was receiving ‘in-patient hospital care’ for the ‘foreseeable future’.
Indeed Edwards is yet to make a return to BBC and over the months there has been speculation over who will take over. According to an insider, Huw Edwards may be replaced by Clive Myrie.
Clive Myrie to be the head of BBC News?
Clive Myrie has been a figure at BBC for some time now. As reported by Daily Mail, Clive was featured in a three-minute video by BBC News’ chief executive Deborah Turness in August, which was Turness’ ‘mission statement’.
According to insiders, Myrie is the presenter whose role was most apparent as he was the one chosen to deliver Turness’ key phrase: 'We will never forget that your trust is earned'.
An unnamed rival presenter has said that it has, in a sense, already been decided that Clive Myrie will be the new frontman of BBC News, according to Daily Mail.
In a sense it's already out there, isn't it? Clive Myrie's presenting the News at Ten.
The BBChasn't made an announcement yet and it is unclear when the channel will as it is also unclear what future role Huw Edwards still has in the company.
The BBC is making some huge cutbacks
The BBC is trying to reduce its annual budget, which is currently at £400 million, by 2027. Cutbacks first started back in March when it was announced that the BBC would be showing 1,000 fewer hours of new shows this year.
Moreover, in 2022, the company decided to merge its 24-hour BBC News and World News channels, which naturally led to several presenters losing their jobs. However, five presenters, Martine Croxall, Annita McVeigh, Geeta Guru-Murthy, Karin Giannone and Kasia Madera are still on BBC’s payroll despite not having any air time in over 6 months.
Daily Mail: ‘BBC presenter Clive Myrie is set to replace suspended Huw Edwards on News at Ten, insiders claim’