The decision of the British corporation occurs after the complaint from the boy’s mother came to light. The Minister of Culture expressed her concern.
A public corporation presenter BBC from the United Kingdom, whose identity has not been released, was charged with pay a teenager to send him sexually explicit photos.
The tabloid newsper “The Sun”, which revealed the scandal, pointed out this Sunday that the child’s mother was able to see the BBC star, of whom she herself was an admirer, in underwear “ready for my son to perform for him” in a video.
It is believed that the presenter paid more than £35,000 ($45,000) to the minor since he was 17 years old until he was 20 -his age now- in exchange for these sexual images, money with which the victim allegedly paid for his addiction to “crack”.
On Saturday night the BBC removed the presenter from the screenwhose identity is unknown although it is known to be a “familiar face” of the public channel and that he has a salary of six figures.
Despite the fact that the BBC has said that it “takes these accusations very seriously”, the corporation is receiving multiple criticisms upon learning, according to “The Sun”, that the family moved a complaint in May but the presenter has continued to pear on screen.
Culture Minister Lucy Frazer, on whom the BBC depends, spoke this Sunday with the corporation’s CEO, Tim Davie, about the “very worrying accusations that implicate one of its presenters”, according to what she herself said through Twitter.
Davie “has assured me that the BBC he is investigating it quickly and tactfully“Wrote the conservative minister in her account on the social network.
“Given the nature of the allegations, it is important that the BBC is given the space to carry out its investigation, establish the facts and take propriate action.”
The criticisms have come for the moment both from the labor opposition and from the same ranks of the “tories”.
Labor spokeswoman for the Economy, Rachel Reeves, told “Sky News” that “what is worrying is that someone makes a complaint, a very serious complaint, and that then turn on the tv the next day and (the presenter) stay there“.
For Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage, who chairs the parliamentary committee that oversees the BBC, “it is vital that broadcasters have the right systems and processes in place to ensure that their stars, who have disproportionate power and influence over the lives of others, do not abuse him.”
A BBC spokesman said the corporation “has processes to proactively deal” with such allegations, including “trying to talk to those who have contacted us.”
“If we don’t get a response to our attempts and no further contact, that may limit our ability to move things forward, but it doesn’t mean our investigations stop,” he added.
Several of the BBC stars, such as former soccer player Gary Lineker, have been quick to deny on their social networks that they were the person being investigated.
With information from EFE