Following the suspension of the BBC presenter involved, the broadcaster refrained from disclosing the individual's identity. BBC

Huw Edwards, a prominent British television news anchor, was revealed by his wife on Wednesday as the BBC presenter embroiled in accusations of paying a substantial sum to a young individual for sexually explicit photographs, according to the broadcaster's report.

Edwards, who notably delivered the news of Queen Elizabeth's passing to the nation in September, has been at the forefront of covering significant events in Britain since the early 2000s, including elections, royal weddings, and the 2012 Olympics.

Vicky Flind, Huw Edwards' wife, expressed her concerns about Edwards' mental well-being and the well-being of their children in a statement, Reuters reported.

Her statement comes in response to the extensive media coverage and days of speculation that followed the initial report by the Sun newspaper.

"Huw is suffering from serious mental health issues. As is well documented, he has been treated for severe depression in recent years," Flind said in a statement, according to the BBC.

"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."

The story first broke on Friday when the Sun tabloid reported a leading BBC presenter had paid a young person 35,000 pounds ($45,000) for explicit photos over three years, beginning when the person was 17.

Following the suspension of the BBC presenter involved, the broadcaster refrained from disclosing the individual's identity. Amidst online speculations, numerous BBC personalities took to social media to assert their non-involvement in the scandal.

The BBC faced criticism as it grappled with the challenges of conducting an investigation, safeguarding the privacy of the parties involved, addressing the allegations publicly, and avoiding upsetting other presenters who came under scrutiny.

While the age of consent for sexual activity in England is 16, it's important to note that images of individuals under the age of 18 can be legally considered child pornography.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police in London announced the completion of its assessment regarding the allegations.

Their investigation determined that there was no evidence to suggest that a criminal offense had taken place in relation to the allegations.

"There is no further police action," it said.

The BBC confirmed its commitment to proceed with its internal investigation regarding the allegations.

In an email to staff, BBC Director General Tim Davie said it remained "a very complex set of circumstances."

"This will no doubt be a difficult time for many after a challenging few days. I want to reassure you that our immediate concern is our duty of care to all involved," he said.

A spokesperson representing The Sun stated that the newspaper currently has no intentions to publish additional allegations. They also expressed their willingness to cooperate with the BBC's ongoing investigation into the matter.

"We will provide the BBC team with a confidential and redacted dossier containing serious and wide-ranging allegations which we have received, including some from BBC personnel," the spokesperson said.

Huw Edwards, a father of five, has been employed by the BBC since 1984 and has been the anchor of the renowned "BBC News at Ten" bulletin for over twenty years.

As the highest-paid news presenter at the broadcaster, his earnings fall within the range of £435,000 to £439,999 (approximately $565,000).

Vicky Flind expressed her hope that the released statement would put an end to the media speculation that had been affecting not only Edwards but also his colleagues at the BBC.

"Once well enough to do so, he intends to respond to the stories that have been published," she said.

Her intention was to address the situation and alleviate the impact it had on those working alongside Edwards.

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