BBC investigating 25 staff after surge in sex harassment claims

The BBC is investigating 25 accusations of sexual harassment against staff after a surge of complaints.

The figure was revealed by Anne Bulford, deputy director-general, as senior executives were questioned by MPs about the BBC’s working culture.

George Riley, a presenter on Radio 5 Live, was suspended last month over groping allegations, but the BBC had not previously disclosed that dozens of other staff were being investigated.

“You won’t be surprised to know we have a spike at present,” Ms Bulford told the digital, culture, media and sport committee. “We have more cases at present than we’ve seen over the last three years.”

Twenty-five people had come forward with complaints in the weeks since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, she said, compared with a more typical total of about 40 cases over a whole year.

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