The BBC Board has appointed an independent reviewer to investigate concerns about DJ Tim Westwood’s conduct during his time with the corporation.
The BBC board made the decision after a quick review by the broadcaster’s internal investigative team, which reported the board’s senior independent director, Nick Serota. The BBC has directed Gemma White QC, backed by the law firm Linklaters, to lead this work.
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Westwood, 64, presented shows on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra between 1994 and 2013. In April, a joint investigation by the BBC and the Guardian brought to light the accounts of seven black women who alleged sexual touch and sexual misconduct. by Westwood between 1992 and 2017. He was featured in the BBC Three documentary, “Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power”.
Serota said: “With the passage of time new allegations and issues are emerging and more people are ready to come forward. Because of this work must continue.” Serota has asked for the review to be published within six months but said it is not a hard deadline.
“In light of the BBC’s internal review, I believe there may have been occasions in the past when the BBC should have explored further the issues that were being raised. It now appears that the case against Tim Westwood There are allegations of dating before, during and after working at the BBC and elsewhere. The BBC is willing to work with any other employer to fully establish what happened,” Serotta said.
The BBC’s internal review confirmed that Westwood had received two reports of sexual misconduct in 2012 and also found that two sets of internal complaints had been made by Westwood in 2011 and 2012 regarding allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace. An allegation was made in 2012 as well. that Westwood had created a toxic atmosphere among those who worked with him at the BBC.
In addition, following the publication of the BBC and Guardian report in April, a member of BBC staff alleged Westwood’s sexual assault against a woman in a BBC program in the mid-2000s. The staff member told the BBC that the woman concerned did not want to report the matter to the police at the time. He also remembers that he had reported the matter to someone in the BBC at the time.
An internal review found that the BBC received three further allegations (one made anonymously), “not directly linked to the BBC”, following publication of the allegations by the BBC and the Guardian.
The BBC is in contact with the Metropolitan Police and any relevant information will be provided to them.
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