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12th Jul 2023

Jeremy Vine calls for unnamed BBC presenter to come forward

Jeremy Vine has called for the unnamed presenter at the centre of the BBC scandal to come forward publically for the sake of his colleagues.

The BBC presenter was accused of paying the alleged victim, who was 17 at the time, £35,000 for explicit photos.

Their mother contacted the BBC in May, but the presenter was not taken off-air until seven weeks later.

Their name has not yet been released, but multiple BBC presenters have been forced to deny allegations. They include Rylan Clark, Gary Lineker, and Jeremy Vine.

Taking to social media yesterday, Vine said the allegations would only result in “yet more vitriol being thrown at perfectly innocent colleagues” at the BBC if the person does not come forward.

“I’m starting to think the BBC Presenter involved in the scandal should now come forward publicly,” Vine wrote on Twitter.

“These new allegations will result in yet more vitriol being thrown at perfectly innocent colleagues of his.

“And the BBC, which I’m sure he loves, is on its knees with this. But it is his decision and his alone.”

Piers Morgan also was of the same opinion, saying the presenter should come forward “for the good of his colleagues, the BBC and himself”.

“It’s only a matter of time before he loses agency in the situation (and) somebody blurts out in parliament, or on a less responsible network,” he said.

“For the good of his colleagues, the BBC, and himself and his reputation, it is surely time for that presenter to reveal his own identity, and to vow to clear his name and defend himself if that’s what he can do.”