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

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

The corporation has now appointed an independent barrister to lead a wider review into a “comprehensive review” of his conduct during the two decades he worked there.

It comes as police are believed to be investigating allegations of sexual abuse against Westwood that date back four decades.

The DJ, who has not been named as a suspect by the Metropolitan Police, has previously been accused of sexually assaulting women and has denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “The Met’s central specialist crime detectives are continuing to investigate four reports relating to allegations of non-recent sexual offenses allegedly committed by a man.

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

“We would urge anyone who is a victim of sex crime to contact the police. Your complaint will be fully investigated and specialist officers will assist you.

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

The veteran DJ, who left the BBC in 2013, quit his show on Capital Extra in April after several women accused him of lewd and predatory behaviour.

Westwood, 64, “vehemently” denies any wrongdoing.

In July, the BBC said it had received six complaints against Westwood, one of which was referred to the police, despite director-general Tim Davey previously saying he had “no evidence of complaints”. Did not see.

Mr Davey subsequently launched an internal audit, reporting to Sir Nicholas Sirota, the senior independent director of the BBC board.

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

From 2008 to 2013, Mr Davey held the role of Director of Audio and Music where he had “overall responsibility for the BBC’s national radio output”.

Following the publication of the report on Thursday, the corporation has appointed an independent reviewer to conduct a comprehensive review of what it knows about the concerns raised about Westwood.

Barrister Gemma White, who is backed by law firm Linklaters, plans to complete her investigation in six months and the BBC has said she is prepared to work with Westwood’s other employers, including MTV and Capital. Xtra-Owner Global is involved, to fully determine what happened. .

An MTV spokesperson said: “We take this matter very seriously. While we are not aware of any complaints made to MTV at the time of the show or since, we would like to ask for further reassurance. Undergoing an internal review.”

As time passes, new allegations and issues are emerging and more people are ready to come forward.

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

The new review will not make recommendations about what action should be taken against Westwood or anyone else “or within the BBC more generally”.

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

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

Tim Westwood vehemently denies all allegations of inappropriate behavior.

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

“This is an important part of the work, but I see it as a first step. As time goes by, new allegations and issues are coming forward and more people are willing to come forward. So the work must continue.

“As for the issues identified by the internal review, I have asked on behalf of the BBC board that a wider review will now be carried out and a full report prepared.

“It is vital that this work is able to command the full confidence of those who wish to come forward, as well as the wider public, and that is why the BBC Board believes that independent There should be supervision.

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

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

“However, I want to make it clear that this is not a hard deadline and if new issues come up, time will be provided to explore them properly. Our main objective is to discover the facts.

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

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

“Tim Westwood vehemently denies all allegations of wrongdoing.”

Their representatives have been contacted for further comment.

The DJ, who is the son of former Anglican Bishop of Peterborough, Bill Westwood – who died in 1999, began his career in 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 1 Xtra in 2013 after almost 20 years and returned to Capital Xtra to host a regular show on Saturday nights, where he was known as “The Big Dawg”.