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BBC sees 'spike' in sexual harassment complaints

From BBC - November 7, 2017

The BBC has said it is dealing with a "spike" in complaints of sexual harassment.

The deputy director general told MPs there had been a recent increase in the number of cases after the BBC encouraged staff to come forward.

Anne Bulford said the corporation is currently investigating 25 individuals for alleged sexual harassment.

Last year only three cases were investigated, with just one case in each of the two years before that.

In a statement, the BBC said: "Since the Harvey Weinstein revelations, we have been actively encouraging staff to come forward with any concerns.

"We hope other employers are doing the same, and when allegations are made, we have well-established processes to investigate."

Anne Bulford told the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that the BBC is looking into "25 live cases".

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