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“I think he felt very let down by what happened in the Sun, furious with their coverage, not overly impressed with the BBC’s coverage either.”

Huw Edwards was “very angry” and “felt very let down” by the coverage of the allegations made about him, a former colleague told ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) today.

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Veteran broadcaster Mr Edwards was named by his wife, Vicky Flind, as the BBC presenter facing allegations over payments for sexually explicit images. She released a statement on Wednesday night revealing that her 61-year-old husband is now receiving in-patient hospital care and “suffering from serious mental health issues”.

Jon Sopel, who left the BBC last year, told GMB’s Ben Shepherd and Kate Garraway that he had been in touch with Mr Edwards before he went to hospital. “He was very angry,” he told the presenters.

“I think he felt very let down by what happened in the Sun, furious with their coverage, not overly impressed with the BBC’s coverage either. I’m sure anyone who knows him is just wishing him well,” he said.

Mr Sopel said he has known Mr Edwards for “over three decades” since the pair were “young political correspondents competing against each other to get up the ladder at the BBC”.

He described his former colleague as “incredibly funny” with “an acid wit”, but added he “can be a complicated person to deal with”. Pressed on what he meant by that, Mr Sopel said: “If you’re entering Huw’s orbit, he’s very defensive of his own territory, so I wouldn’t say we’re close friends, but I thought that some of the coverage about what has happened about someone’s private life, which is complicated, and possibly a bit messy, and that some might find distasteful, I don’t see what it’s got to do with anyone else.”

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He added: “If there’s no question of illegality, there’s no question of sexual assault and things might change, but, as things stand now, there’s been no illegality, there’s been no abuse of power, as far as I can see. Therefore, what is it to do with anybody?”

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