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

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

The corporation has now appointed an independent barrister to lead a comprehensive review to “thoroughly investigate” his conduct during the two decades he spent working there.

It is believed that police were investigating allegations of sexual assault against Westwood four decades ago.

DJ, who has not been named as a suspect by the Metropolitan Police, has previously been accused of sexual assault against women and denies any wrongdoing.


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

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “Detectives at the Met’s Central Specialist Crimes continue to investigate four reports relating to allegations of non-recent sex offenses allegedly committed by a man.

“The crimes are alleged to have taken place in London in 1982, 1985, 2010 and 2016. No arrests have been made, inquiries are ongoing.

“We would appeal to anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offense to approach the police. Your complaint will be thoroughly investigated and you will be assisted by expert officers.”

The veteran DJ, who left the BBC in 2013 following allegations of misconduct and violent behavior by several women, withdrew from his show on Capital Extra in April.

Westwood, 64, “strongly” denies any wrongdoing.

In July, the BBC said it had received six complaints against Westwood, one of which was sent to the police, while Director General Tim Davey had previously said he had seen “no evidence of complaints”.

Mr Davey subsequently launched an internal audit reporting to the BBC Board’s Senior Independent Director, Sir Nicholas Serota.

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With the passage of time new allegations and issues are emerging and more people are ready to come forward.Sir Nicholas Serota, Senior Independent Director of the BBC

Following the report’s publication on Thursday, the corporation has appointed an independent reviewer to lead a comprehensive review of concerns raised about Westwood.

Barrister Gemma White, backed by law firm Linklaters, will aim to complete its investigation in six months and the BBC has said it is willing to work with other Westwood employers, including MTV and Capital Extra-Owner Global, which To install completely. ,

In May 2021, Lord Dyson’s report came under investigation into how Martin Bashir secured his blatant panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

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

However, it remains to be seen whether concerns about his behavior influenced his decision not to renew his contract from September 2013.


BBC Director General Tim Davey (Richard Kendall/RTS/PA)

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

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

“It is an important job, but I see it as a first step. With the passage of time new allegations and issues are emerging and more people are ready to come forward. That is why the work should continue.

“In light of the issues identified by the internal review, I have asked on behalf of the BBC Board that a comprehensive review be now carried out and a full report produced.

“It is important that this work is able to garner the full confidence of those who wish to come forward, as well as the wider public, and this is why the BBC Board believes that independent oversight Should be.

Tim Westwood vehemently denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviorTim Westwood’s spokesperson in April

“That is why I have asked Gemma White QC to lead this work. She is a highly respected barrister who has relevant expertise and experience in this area.

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

“However, I would like to clarify that this is not a hard time frame and if new issues emerge, time will be provided to explore them properly. Our main aim should be to find facts.”

In April a representative for Westwood said in a statement to the PA news agency: “Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of inappropriate behavior.

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

“Tim Westwood strongly denies all allegations of wrongdoing.”

Their representatives have been contacted for further comments.

The DJ, who is 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 later given his own show by BBC Radio 1.

He left Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra in 2013 after nearly 20 years and returned to Capital Xtra to host a regular Saturday night show called “The Big Dog”.