BBC Presenter ‘Taken Off Air’ Over Sexual Harassment Claim

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Aled Jones, a Radio and TV presenter, has reportedly been taken off broadcasts of BBC following an allegation by a female colleague regarding “inappropriate contact.”

The Sun on Sunday reported that a “well-placed source” claimed that “there is an allegation that inappropriate messages and contact with a female member of staff took place.

“He’s been told by the BBC about the complaint, and after it came to light, he has been taken off air.”

The 46-year-old star of Songs Of Praise issued a statement through a spokesperson where he said that he was “deeply sorry” for any upset that was caused but he vehemently denied any contact that was inappropriate.

“Although not related to any broadcast work, Aled voluntarily agreed not to go on the BBC whilst the matter is investigated,” said the spokesperson.

“Whilst he accepts that his behaviour over a decade ago was occasionally juvenile, as was that of others, he never intended to harass or distress, and he strongly denies any inappropriate contact.

“He is, however, deeply sorry for any upset caused and hopes this matter is resolved soon.”

As a teenager, Aled Jones rose to fame for his cover version of “Walking In The Air,” which was featured as the theme in the animated adaptation of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs of Channel 4.

Since then, he has worked as a radio host for Classic FM, BBC Radio 2 and 3, and is one of the main presenters on Songs of Praise, a BBC show.

A spokesperson for BBC declined to comment.