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BBC should have explored more issues raised about Tim Westwood – report

The BBC should have explored further the issues raised about radio DJ Tim Westwood during his time at the broadcaster, an internal review of sexual misconduct allegations has concluded.

His corporation has now appointed an independent attorney to lead a broader review to “comprehensively examine” his conduct during the two decades he has worked there.

It comes as police are said to be investigating sexual assault allegations against Westwood from four decades ago.

The DJ, who has not been named a suspect by the Metropolitan Police, has previously been accused of a series of sexual assaults against women and has denied any wrongdoing.

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Tim Westwood during his time as a DJ on BBC Radio 1 (PA)

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “Met Central Crimes Unit detectives continue to investigate four reports related to non-recent sex offense allegations attributed to a man.

“The offenses are believed to have occurred in London in 1982, 1985, 2010 and 2016. No arrests have been made, investigations continue.

“We would urge anyone who has been a victim of a sex crime to contact the police. Your complaint will be thoroughly investigated and you will be supported by specialist officers.”

The veteran DJ, who left the BBC in 2013, resigned from his show on Capital Xtra in April following allegations by several women of misconduct and predatory behaviour.

Westwood, 64, “strongly” denies any wrongdoing.

In July, the BBC said it had received six complaints against Westwood, including one that went to the police, although superintendent Tim Davie previously said he had not seen “evidence of a complaint”. complaint”.

Mr Davie then conducted an internal audit, reporting to the BBC’s senior independent director, Sir Nicholas Serota.

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New allegations and problems are emerging as time goes on and more people are ready to reach outSir Nicholas Serota, Senior Independent Director of BBC

After the report was released on Thursday, the company appointed an independent evaluator to lead a broader review of what was known about the concerns raised about Westwood.

Attorney Gemma White, supported by law firm Linklaters, will aim to complete her investigation in six months and the BBC has said it is open to working with other Westwood employers, including MTV and Capital Xtra-global master, to fully establish what happened.

The investigation follows Lord Dyson’s May 2021 report on how Martin Bashir secured his bombshell Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

The new review will not make recommendations on what actions should be taken against Westwood or any other individual “or within the BBC in general”.

However, it will look into whether concerns about his behavior influenced his decision not to renew his contract in September 2013.

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BBC Director General Tim Davie (Richard Kendal/RTS/PA)

The company also said it is in contact with the Metropolitan Police, and that as part of “ongoing work, any relevant information will be passed on to them”.

Sir Nicholas said: “I am grateful to the BBC investigative team for the work they have done.

“It’s an important part of the job, but I see it as the first step. New allegations and problems are emerging as time goes on and more and more people are prepared to reach out. For this reason the work must continue.

“For matters identified by the internal review, I have requested on behalf of the BBC board that a broader review is underway and a full report will be issued. .

“It is important that this work can generate the full confidence of those who have, or can wish to, go forward, as well as the broader public, and that is why the board of directors of The BBC believes that independent oversight is needed.

Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviorTim Westwood Spokesperson in April

“Therefore, I asked Gemma White QC to direct this work. She is a highly respected attorney who has relevant expertise and experience in the field.

“I have requested that the next phase of this work be completed within the next six months.

“However, I would like to make it clear that this is not a hard deadline and if new problems emerge, there will be time to reasonably explore them. Our main goal should be to uncover the truth.”

A statement from Westwood’s representative to the PA news agency in April said: “Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behavior.

“In a career spanning 40 years, there has never been any complaint against him officially or unofficially.

“Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of wrongdoing.”

His representative has been contacted for further comment.

DJ, the son of Bill Westwood, the former Anglican bishop of Peterborough – who died in 1999, began his career on local radio before joining Capital Radio in London.

He was then given his own show by BBC Radio 1.

He left Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra in 2013 after almost 20 years and returned to Capital Xtra to host a regular Saturday night show where he was called “The Big Dawg”.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/bbc-should-have-further-explored-issues-raised-about-tim-westwood-report-41890263.html BBC should have explored more issues raised about Tim Westwood – report

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