The public is rallying behind veteran BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards, with a surprising new poll indicating overwhelming support for his return to BBC News. Last week, the 61-year-old presenter was in the spotlight as the suspended BBC figure amidst allegations surrounding alleged payments for explicit images. However, the latest poll results have unveiled an unexpected level of eagerness from the public to see Edwards back on their screens.
The Metropolitan Police swiftly clarified that no evidence of a crime had been found. At the same time, Edwards’ wife issued a statement on his behalf, shedding light on his ongoing battle with serious mental health issues. She disclosed that he is currently receiving in-patient hospital care and will remain there for the foreseeable future.
BBC Director-General Tim Davie has confirmed that an internal investigation is still ongoing within the organization. The recent Survation poll conducted by The Mirror indicates that 53% of respondents would like to see Edwards return to his post on BBC News at Ten if he is cleared of serious wrongdoing.
Among those polled, 32% expressed reservations about his potential return. In comparison, 60% of individuals aged between 45 and 64 supported Edwards’ comeback after the Metropolitan Police found no evidence of criminal activity.
While the BBC conducts its separate investigation, a spokesperson stated that they are committed to conducting a thorough fact-finding process with careful consideration for the well-being of all involved parties. Further comment will be withheld until the investigation progresses.
Meanwhile, numerous colleagues and peers have expressed concern for Edwards amidst the ongoing situation. Channel 5 star Dan Walker described the circumstances as “awful” and acknowledged that the news would shock many. He extended his sympathies to Edwards and his family, emphasizing the importance of providing time, space, and support for healing.
Renowned journalist Alastair Campbell also supported Edwards, acknowledging the presenter’s long-standing struggle with depression. Campbell highlighted the need for accessible mental health care for all individuals facing similar challenges and expressed his hopes for Edwards’ well-being.
As the investigation unfolds, the public’s growing support for Huw Edwards’ return to BBC News may not have been expected. With an illustrious history of delivering news to the nation, Edwards remains a figure held in high regard by viewers and colleagues alike but whether he returns still remains to be seen.