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BBC DG Tim Davie says Huw Edwards investigation could take months

BBC DG Tim Davie says Huw Edwards investigation could take months
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BBC director-general Tim Davie tells Parliament that the investigation into complaints against Huw Edwards could take months to complete.

BBC director-general Tim Davie has admitted that the investigation into complaints against Huw Edwards could take "months" to complete.

The veteran newsreader is currently suspended by the corporation following allegations that he paid a young person up to £35,000 to send explicit images to him over a period of time.

Several other complaints have since been made against Edwards, who is in hospital for mental health issues, and the BBC is now undertaking what Davie described to a House of Lords committee this afternoon as a "fact-finding investigation".

"We are in the process of looking at those facts, and I would say we are keen to receive any information that's out there," he said.

"That could take weeks or a couple of months or even longer, depending on what we get and managing the individuals involved flawlessly," he added.

"My main priority is to be fair, make sure we get all the information into that process, and act judiciously.

"But that process is underway [and being] well managed with world-class experts in that area that we have within the BBC."

The Met Police has previously stated that it has received no information to indicate that any criminal offences have taken place.

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