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New phone line opens as part of BBC investigation into Tim Westwood’s sexual offence allegations

The former BBC DJ has been accused of historic sexual misconduct allegations

By Nick Reilly

Tim Westwood poses at a 2019 event
Tim Westwood (Picture: Alamy)

A new phone line has been launched as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by former BBC DJ Tim Westwood.

The phone line will be open 24 hours a day from today (April 20) until May 19, allowing anyone with concerns about the DJ to share their experiences.

All submissions, which can be handled anonymously, will be handled by Gemma White KC – who is leading an independent inquiry into Westwood – or her colleagues.

Ms White said it had been set up in a bid to “expand the ways in which people can come forward” to report information.

The independent review into Westwood was launched as a result of multiple sexual misconduct allegations which were raised against him last year. They first emerged when he was accused of wrongdoing as part of a joint investigation by The Guardian and BBC News.

Westwood has consistently denied all allegations and any suggestion of wrongdoing.

Announcing the new hotline, Ms White said: “I have recently been provided with material suggesting that there are people who want to contribute to the review by calling me, or members of the Linklaters review team, rather than having to email to make an appointment to speak.”

The line will also be manned by Jahnine Davis, a safeguarding professional.

“We have discussed participation in the review and think that some people might prefer to speak directly to Jahnine rather than having to arrange a meeting with me,” Ms White said.

The hotline will be available on 0800 121 838 until 19 May.