The BBC may have missed chances to explore concerns raised over the conduct of the former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood, an internal review has concluded.
It found that the corporation received several reports about Westwood in 2012, including two allegations of inappropriate behaviour and sexual misconduct, and an accusation that the radio presenter “created a toxic atmosphere amongst those he worked with at the BBC”.
It comes after the BBC director general, Tim Davie, initially said there was “no evidence of complaints” against Westwood, who worked at the corporation from 1994 to 2013. Davie was director of audio and music from 2008 to 2012, including having responsibility for its radio stations, before doing a brief first stint as the acting director general in 2012-13.
The internal report follows an investigation by the Guardian and BBC News which published allegations of sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour made by several women against Westwood, 64. He denied all the allegations, with a spokesperson saying they were “completely false” and there had never been any complaints against him “officially or unofficially”.
The BBC said it had now appointed an independent barrister, Gemma White QC, to lead a broader review to “fully examine” what was known about concerns regarding Westwood’s conduct during his 19-year career at the corporation.