Huw Edwards speaks out on claims he has been offered voluntary redundancy by BBC

The 61-year-old newsreader is among news reporters who have received a letter asking them if they want to step down from their job.

Huw Edwards on The Great British Menu
Huw Edwards has said his offer of voluntary redundancy was a 'standard invitation' by the BBC. (BBC)

Huw Edwards has dismissed reports he has been offered voluntary redundancy by the BBC as a "standard HR exercise".

Top news presenters including Clive Myrie, Sophie Raworth, Nick Robinson and Reeta Chakrabarti all received a letter from the corporation's interim managing editor of news and current affairs, Philippa Busby, asking them to consider voluntary redundancy, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Edwards, 61, tweeted a picture of himself drinking champagne with his mother and said: "Reality check. A standard HR exercise by @BBCNews (one of many over the years) is just that. A standard invitation to consider applying for voluntary redundancy. Nothing more. As my mam says, don't believe everything in the papers."

Read more: Huw Edwards 'embarrassed' by knighthood rumours

It is understood all of the BBC's senior TV and radio news reporters received the letter from the Human Resources (HR) department as part of a drive to cut costs.

News readers Sophie Raworth, 54, and Reeta Chakrabarti, 58, have both retweeted Edwards' statement.

Political correspondent and presenter of Radio 4's Today programme Nick Robinson, 59, tweeted: "First newspapers call for cut to licence fee. Then same papers report shock at redundancies, closures or repeats. Later papers say licence fee now not value for money because of … BTW This is a routine offer of voluntary redundancy which no-one named here is likely to take up"

News reporter and new host of Mastermind Myrie has not responded to the reports.

BBC News,18-03-2013, Sophie Raworth,Embargoed for publication until: Monday 18th March 2013 - Picture shows: The new BBC newsroom studio, used for the News at One, Six and Ten and the BBC News Channel Sophie Raworth,BBC,Jeff Overs
News reader Sophie Raworth also received the letter. (BBC)

According to the Mail on Sunday the letter read: “As you will be aware, in 2022 we announced a number of changes across BBC News which have meant that some colleagues have been placed at risk of redundancy, including some colleagues in presenter roles.”

Clive Myrie is a news reporter but also the host of Mastermind. (BBC)
Clive Myrie is a news reporter but also the host of Mastermind. (BBC)

A BBC spokesperson said in a statement: “This isn’t about any new job cuts – it’s a standard HR exercise relating to savings we’ve announced previously – and it’s not targeting any individuals; we have to send it to everyone who’s at the same grade.

Read more: BBC's Huw Edwards gets caught out with croissant during election coverage

“We’re looking for expressions of interest in redundancy, not offering it, and it’s not the case that any or everyone who came forward would be accepted.”

Watch: Huw Edwards caught eating croissant during BBC News broadcast