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Radio 5 Live George Riley suspended over sexual harassment

  • Riley missed yesterday’s Rugby League World Cup Match he was scheduled for
  • Allegation against him and another were raised by group of leading BBC women
  • The BBC will make a decision about his and another’s future at the organisation

The BBC has suspended a radio presenter after allegations of sexual harassment, it was reported last night.

Radio 5 Live commentator George Riley had been the subject of complaints by a number of women at the Corporation, along with another unnamed male employee.

Following his suspension on Friday, Riley was absent from yesterday’s broadcast of the Wales v New Guinea match in the Rugby League World Cup, which he had previously been scheduled to cover.

George Riley (pictured) has been suspended from the BBC after allegations of sexual harassment were brought against him and another male employee at the Corporation

One woman is reported to have made a complaint about Riley in 2013 while speaking to investigators compiling the Respect At Work Review, which was set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

It is not known if the complaint against Riley was proven.

The BBC will make a decision over his future after an inquiry into the allegations, it was reported.

Riley’s is one of a number of cases of alleged harassment which have been raised by a group of women at the BBC, including Today presenter Mishal Husain and fellow broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire, according to a newspaper.

Last night a BBC spokesperson told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We can’t comment on individuals but treat any allegations seriously and have processes in place for investigating them.’

The allegations of sexual harassment were raised by the same group of women at the BBC, including Mishal Husain (pictured) and Victoria Derbyshire, who spoke out about the gender pay gap following the publication of BBC salaries 

The allegations of sexual harassment were raised by the same group of women at the BBC, including Mishal Husain (pictured) and Victoria Derbyshire, who spoke out about the gender pay gap following the publication of BBC salaries 

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