BBC’s Nicky Campbell says she was abused at private school | UK News

BBC presenter Nicky Campbell has claimed he was abused at a Scottish private school in the 1970s.

The 61-year-old broadcaster said witnessing sexual and physical abuse at Edinburgh Academy had “a profound effect on my life”.

Mr Campbell first made the claims in an episode of his Different podcast on BBC Sounds.

He discussed his experiences with journalist Alex Renton, creator of the radio show In Dark Corners, which explores abuse in private schools in Britain.

Mr Campbell would later tell BBC Radio 5 Live: “I was badly beaten at school by a teacher who was a figurehead in the scripture union.

“My mum went as far as she could and got a creeping apology from (the man involved) but it was basically a rock wall and it was smothered by the school.

“It was different times, and it marked me all my life.”

Mr Campbell also spoke of witnessing more serious sexual abuse, allegedly inflicted on his classmates, by another man at the establishment.

“I can’t describe it here, and I can never ignore it,” he said.

“This man was known to all of us as a predator and a sadist, but we never told anyone about him.

“My classmates and I are now talking about it amongst ourselves with […] contempt, disbelief and misunderstanding, those kinds of things happened in plain sight and nothing was done.

“And why didn’t we little boys tell anyone in power what was going on? I don’t know.”

Mr Renton revealed to Mr Campbell that the alleged attacker was still alive – but he was not named for legal reasons.

Speaking on his own podcast, Mr Campbell said the main reason he chose to come forward was to bring the man to justice.

In a statement to the BBC, the Edinburgh Academy said it “deeply regrets” the alleged incidents and “wholeheartedly” apologized to those involved.

“We have worked closely with the relevant authorities, including Police Scotland, in their investigations and wish to provide reassurance that things have changed dramatically since the 1970s,” the statement read.

“The Academy has strong measures in place to protect children at school, with child protection training now at the heart of the Academy’s ethos.”

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