It's not just the BBC feeling the heat over allegations of child sex abuse. Coronation Street executives are said to be holding crisis meetings to deal with an unfolding scandal; The Mirror reports:
Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell was last night charged with child sex offences.
The 48-year-old, who plays Kevin Webster, is accused of 19 offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.
The actor, who lives in Hale, Cheshire, was first arrested in September 2011 and questioned over alleged child sex offences, but the matter was later dropped.
However, late last night Greater Manchester Police said the actor - real name Michael Turner - had been charged with sex offences against a youngster.
The decision came after a review of evidence by lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service
Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions said: "I have very carefully reviewed the evidence in this case and I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Michael Robert Turner with a number of sexual offences.
“I have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mr Turner with nineteen offences, including rape of a child."
A spokeswoman from GMP said: "A man has been charged with 19 child sex offences.
"Michael Turner has been charged with 19 offences including raping a child, indecently assaulting a child and sexual activity with a child.
"The charges, which were authorised by the CPS following a review of evidence, relate to offences against a child between 2001 and 2010."
Le Vell joined the soap in 1983 and quickly endeared himself to fans who have followed the trials and tribulations of Kevin.
His character has had a stormy marriage to Sally, played by Sally Dynevor, fathering two teenage girls as well as a love child from his affair with Molly Dobbs.
Le Vell is due to appear at Manchester magistrates' court on February 27.
If there is any substance to the allegations against Le Vell, his screen career will surely be halted very quickly. It will be interesting to see what manner the writers use to write Le Vell out of his longstanding role.