A secret group of the BBC’s top female presenters, including Mishal Husain and Victoria Derbyshire, has uncovered a string of suspected cases of sexual harassment at the corporation, including a senior sports presenter.
The group, which keeps its membership of senior editors and presenters a closely guarded secret, encouraged and then supported colleagues to report claims to BBC management. It was formed after the row about the BBC gender pay gap in the summer. Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal it has turned its conversation to sexual harassment, during which the conduct of two men working at the BBC is said to have been raised.
On Friday the BBC suspended one of the men, George Riley, who was supposed to be anchoring the Rugby League World Cup for Radio 5 Live, but was absent from the team covering yesterday’s Wales v Papua New Guinea match. He is thought to be subject to complaints from five women, some of whom have accused him of groping, informers claim.
Presenter ‘approached women from behind and put his hand under skirts’ Unidentified man is alleged to have assaulted at least eight female BBC staff Four women who claim to have been groped reported him to senior bosses BBC is understood … Continue reading