MCANNS MATE BUMMED OFF BBC

BBC could axe Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones’ Christmas favourite Walking In The Air from radio and TV festive schedules amid sexual harassment allegations

  • A female colleague accused the 46-year-old singer of behaving inappropriately
  • He has not been on Radio Wales since October 22 or Songs Of Praise in six weeks
  • Now his theme tune for 1982 film The Snowman could be banned this Christmas
  • Jones described his behaviour more than a decade ago as sometimes ‘juvenile’
  • He says he didn’t intend to harass or distress and denies inappropriate contact 

Classic Christmas single Walking In The Air could this year be banned by the BBC in light of sexual harassment allegations made against its singer Aled Jones.

A female colleague alleges the Songs of Praise presenter sent inappropriate messages.

Jones, who recorded the song aged 14 years old, is also accused by the woman of inappropriate contact and has been off air since the allegations.

The singer's Christmas classic could be banned by the BBC as he faces allegations of inappropriate behaviour from a female colleague 

The singer’s Christmas classic could be banned by the BBC as he faces allegations of inappropriate behaviour from a female colleague

The song was the theme tune for for festive fantasy The Snowman in 1982, but this Christmas may face a ban by the broadcaster, according to the Sunday Express.

The 46-year-old presenter last hosted his BBC Radio Wales slot on October 22 and hasn’t appeared on Songs Of Praise in six weeks.

The BBC refused to comment on the father of two’s future or the allegations he faces.

A spokeswoman also declined to say whether his hit song will be played on radio or TV this festive season.

It is unknown whether his series Going Back Giving Back will be aired next week on BBC Two.

Jones, aged 14 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, around the time he recorded Walking In The Air 

Jones, aged 14 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, around the time he recorded Walking In The Air

A spokesperson for Jones said: ‘Aled voluntarily agreed not to go on the BBC while the matter is investigated.

‘Whilst he accepts that his behaviour over a decade ago was occasionally juvenile… he never intended to harass or distress and he strongly denies any inappropriate contact.’

The singer’s mother-in-law, Elaine Fossett, has said he is incapable of sexual harassment.

The 74-year-old said: ‘It is utterly, utterly appalling. A nicer, nicer guy you couldn’t wish to meet. He is totally incapable of sexual harassment.’

Jones, who lives in Barnes in a £1.8million, has been presenting Songs Of Praise since 2000.

Jones' 74-year-old mother-in-law says the allegations made against him are 'utterly appalling' and added he is 'totally incapable of sexual harassment'

Jones’ 74-year-old mother-in-law says the allegations made against him are ‘utterly appalling’ and added he is ‘totally incapable of sexual harassment’

He has been married to wife Claire Fossett for 16 years and lives with her in south-west London.

The singer, who has sold more than six million albums, has in the past complained about his ‘squeaky clean’ image, adding: ‘I’m really just a normal bloke.’

Jones was appointed MBE in 2013 and by the age of 16 had performed in front of the Pope, the Queen and Princess Diana.

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