Months after BBC director-general Tim Davie said there was “no evidence of complaints”, the BBC has revealed that there have in fact been six complaints against DJ Tim Westwood.
Westwood, 64, hosted shows on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra between 1994 and 2013. In April, a joint inquiry by the BBC and the Guardian brought to light the reports of seven black women accused of sexual touching and misconduct by Westwood between 1992 and 2017. They were portrayed in the BBC Three documentary Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power ” presented.
Westwood denies all allegations. He has retired his show on radio station Capital Xtra until further notice, parent company Globe said.
At the time, Davie, who was the BBC’s director of audio and music from 2008 to 2012, said: “We looked at our recordings and saw no evidence of any complaints” against Westwood.
In 2021, a BBC News journalist had requested information about complaints against Westwood in a Freedom of Information Act request, but the company had declined to confirm or deny that it had information about his alleged conduct.
Details of the six complaints emerged after BBC News picked up the company’s response to the Information Commissioner’s Office, which handles Freedom of Information Act inquiries in the UK
“As we’ve said, if people have things they want to raise on the BBC, then they should. People have now done so and we will continue the investigation,” a BBC spokesman said in a statement shared with diversity. “We also said that we would delve into the past. We do this with great care. All of this work is ongoing and ongoing. We said we would take it seriously and we do. When this work is complete we will say more.”
diversity has reached out to Westwood representatives for comment.
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