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Sexy Suzanne's shock at nude pictures claim.

Byline: TOM WELLS

A MIDLAND TV presenter is at the centre of a saucy internet scandal.

Sexy Suzanne Virdee, who hosts BBC Midlands Today, is the victim of a tacky website claiming to have naked photos of her - along with other celebrities.

Another Midlander, ITV weathergirl Chrissie Reidy, is also featured on the site which brags about its stock of nude snaps and videos of famous stars.

But Suzanne and Chrissie shouldn't be too flustered - because an initial search suggests that the site has no nude photos of them at all.

A link to Chrissie's page describes her as being an 'ITV weather babe' and punters WILL find pictures of her on the site -but they're fully clothed shots at work. The website caused BBC bosses to call in their London lawyers to see if Suzanne's squeaky-clean image had been tarnished.

But when they clicked on Suzanne's name, they found just a web link encouraging surfers to visit another site featuring celebrity nudes. A BBC spokeswoman said: 'We did contact our litigation lawyers to see if the corporation had been brought into disrepute. 'But as there are no images at all and no reference to the BBC, we are not too concerned.'

Suzanne, 33, who is married to photographer husband Andy Fox, was shocked when the Sunday Mercury -the paper she once worked for -told her about the website.

'I just don't know what to say,' she said. 'I suppose I should be flattered.

'I'm not offended by it - just completely shocked.

'I know there aren't any pictures of me naked anywhere!

'Everyone should be thankful there are no pictures going around - I'm sure they'd rather see me with my clothes on!

'I told my husband Andy about the website and he's just as bemused as I am.' Midland-born Suzanne started work at the Solihull Times and worked for Central Television before joining the Sunday Mercury.

From there she went to the Birmingham Evening Mail before switching to Radio WM, Central again and then the BBC. She is now a familiar face on the Beeb's 6.30pm broadcast, which she co-hosts with Nick Owen.

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Date:Sep 21, 2003
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