Call for evidence published as part of Tim Westwood independent review
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The barrister examining what was known about Tim Westwood’s conduct during his time at the BBC has published a call for evidence.
In August Gemma White KC was appointed by the BBC Board to lead an independent review, following publication of an expedited internal review by the internal investigations team.
Terms of reference have already been published and today the call for evidence followed.
Launching the independent review in August, Nick Serota, the BBC Board’s senior independent director, said: “We owe it to those who have spoken out and raised issues to learn more about what took place and to give others the opportunity to tell us about their experiences.
“I would urge anyone with further information to respond to the call for evidence. This is important, of course, for them personally, but also to ensure that the BBC and other organisations are best placed to act in the future.”
The independent review remains ongoing.
Notes to Editors
On 4 August 2022 the BBC published Terms of Reference for an independent review of its response to claims which have been made about the conduct of former BBC DJ Tim Westwood.
The Review, led by Gemma White KC, would very much like to hear from anyone with knowledge relevant to the Terms of Reference, in particular of:
(i) Any allegations or concerns about the conduct of Tim Westwood during any time he worked for the BBC, and in particular during the period 1994 to 2013, whether or not the allegations or concerns were raised with the BBC at the time;
(ii) BBC knowledge of any such allegations or concerns;
(iii) Any response by the BBC to allegations or concerns which were raised and/or otherwise known about; and
(iv) Any reasons for which allegations or concerns were not raised with the BBC.
If you think you can help, or know anyone who can, please contact the Review at GWKCBBCReview@blackstonechambers.com. You are welcome to provide information in writing, by email or by post. If you wish to provide information by post, please address your information for the attention of “Gemma White KC BBC Review” and send it to Linklaters LLP, One Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ. You can also request a meeting with Gemma White. If you request a meeting, you are encouraged to provide an outline of the matters you wish to discuss if you feel able to do so, but you do not need to. You are invited to contact the Review as soon as possible and in any event by 31 October 2022.
A “Frequently Asked Questions” document provides further information about the Review. This includes details about how your information will be treated and your confidentiality will be respected. Anyone who contributes to the Review can ask that their identity or all or part of any evidence they provide are not shared with anyone else, including with the BBC. Such requests will be agreed by Gemma White where appropriate to do so.
If you have any concerns about the way in which information may be used, Gemma White and Linklaters will be happy to discuss them with you in confidence and to answer any questions you may have. Please contact the Review by email to Gemma White on the address set out above, or to Linklaters on GWKCBBCReview@linklaters.com, setting out any such concerns or questions or requesting a meeting to discuss them. Contacting the Review will not mean you are obliged to provide any substantive information.
Please do help us if you can.
Documents relating to the Review can be accessed via the links below
Source BBC Radio 1
October 4, 2022 4:00am ET by BBC Radio 1