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BBC should have done more to investigate Tim Westwood allegations, internal probe finds

THE BBC should have done more to investigate concerns raised about the conduct of DJ Tim Westwood, an internal probe has concluded.

Independent director Sir Nicholas Serota said that allegations had been made about the former Radio 1 DJ before, during and after his employment by the corporation.
 
They include two allegations from 2012 of inappropriate behaviour and sexual misconduct and one that the radio presenter “created a toxic atmosphere amongst those he worked with at the BBC.”
 
The internal report was prepared following a string of allegations from several women of sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour by Mr Westwood, 64. He denies any wrongdoing. 
 
Sir Nicholas said: “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.”
 
The Metropolitan Police are believed to be investigating allegations of sexual assault by Mr Westwood going back four decades.
 
The BBC said on Thursday evening that it had now appointed an independent barrister, Gemma White QC, to lead a broader review to “fully examine” what was known about the complaints against Mr Westwood. 

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