HUW Edwards has resigned from the BBC on "medical advice", the corporation has announced.

Edwards - who was the BBC's most high-profile and highest-paid news anchor - has been off air since last July after reports emerged claiming he paid a young person for sexual images.

"Huw Edwards has today resigned and left the BBC," a statement said on Monday.

"After 40 years of service, Huw has explained that his decision was made on the basis of medical advice from his doctors.

"The BBC has accepted his resignation which it believes will allow all parties to move forward. We don't believe it appropriate to comment further."

It was reported that Edwards was in hospital with "serious mental health issues" in July last year when his wife Vicky Flind named him as the man at the centre of the allegations.

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That followed a story in The Sun newspaper that claimed an unnamed BBC presenter paid a young person for explicit photos, beginning when they were 17.

The story led to days of speculation before Flind publicly named Edwards as being the presenter concerned.

The Met Police said Edwards would not face any police action. Edwards has never publicly commented. 

The BBC apologised for the way in which it handled the complaint about Edwards at the end of February last year. 

Allegations about his behaviour were made in May 2023 but did not reach senior managers until July 6.

The corporation said the complaint was not "escalated quickly enough" and that it had since changed its processes.

The BBC has confirmed Edwards has not received a pay off.