Women Accuse Radio 4 News Boss of Sexual Harassment

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Byline: SIMON WALTERS;JAMES TAPPER

A BBC executive is under investigation after two of his female employees accused him of sexual harassment.

Colin Hancock, editor of Radio 4's World At One lunchtime news bulletin, is alleged to have made inappropriate comments and sent suggestive emails to two broadcast assistants working on the programme.

The situation in the BBC Radio News offices at Television Centre has become so tense that PM presenter Eddie Mair is said to have offered to swap seats with Mr Hancock, whose desk is close to the two women who have complained about him.

The investigation has come to light only days before Newsnight's Martha Kearney joins The World At One as presenter.

The inquiry is being conducted by Head of Radio News Stephen Mitchell.

Both Mr Hancock and his accusers will present their evidence, which is believed to include emails, and Mr Mitchell will reach a decision. …