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Thursday 4 August 2022 

Tim Westwood Investigation 

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A barrister is to lead an independent inquiry by the BBC into what it knew about the conduct of former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood.

The corporation previously acknowledged six complaints about bullying and sexual misconduct, which the DJ denies.

Independent director Sir Nicholas Serota said new allegations continue to emerge. 

He said there may have been times when the corporation should have done more to investigate the complaints. 

The independent inquiry is expected to last six months and the BBC wants to include Westwood's other employers, MTV and Global - owner of Capital Xtra, which the DJ joined after leaving the BBC. 

Led by Gemma White QC, who previously investigated bullying in the House of Commons, it will also examine whether concerns about Westwood's behaviour were a factor in his departure from the BBC in 2013. 

The BBC said it would pass any relevant information to the Metropolitan Police. 

Today, the Met said it was investigating a man over four alleged sexual offences in 1982, 1985, 2010 and 2016. 

After receiving the results of an internal review, Sir Nicholas said: "New allegations and issues are emerging as time passes and more people are prepared to come forward. For this reason the work must continue." 

He added: "In light of the BBC's internal review, I believe that there may have been occasions in the past when the BBC should have further explored issues that were being raised."

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