ALED IS AXED FROM BBC’S FES­TIVE SHOWS

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - ABBY BOLTER Re­porter abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

A LED Jones has been axed from fes­tive BBC pro­grammes while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment con­tin­ues.

The broad­caster has con­firmed the pre­sen­ter and singer will not fea­ture in the Christ­mas and New Year episodes of Songs of Praise.

The 46-year-old was also due to ap­pear in to­mor­row’s episode of Hairy Bik­ers Home for Christ­mas.

But a BBC spokesman said: “We can con­firm Aled won’t be fea­tur­ing in Hairy Bik­ers Home for Christ­mas or the Christ­mas and New Year episodes of Songs of Praise.”

It is also un­der­stood that Jones has not pre­sented his Ra­dio Wales show since the end of Oc­to­ber.

The former choir­boy who shot to fame with his cover of Walk­ing in the Air in 1985, has pre­vi­ously stated that the al­le­ga­tion does not re­late to his broad­cast work.

A spokesman for An­gle­sey-born Jones, who is mar­ried with two chil­dren, also said last month that while he ac­cepts his be­hav­iour over a decade ago was “oc­ca­sion­ally ju­ve­nile” he “never in­tended to ha­rass or dis­tress and he strongly de­nies any in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tact”.

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

“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.”

The BBC has pre­vi­ously said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing 25 cases of sex­ual ha­rass­ment after ac­tively en­cour­ag­ing staff to come for­ward fol­low­ing the al­le­ga­tions about Hol­ly­wood movie pro­ducer Har­vey Weinstein.

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