What is Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power and when will it air?
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 26
Tim Westwood: Abuse Of Power will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer (Picture: PA)

A new documentary about DJ sees him accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, in allegations revealed today. 

On Tuesday, it emerged the 64-year-old is to be , in incidents between 1992 and 2017, in a new BBC documentary.

The DJ is a household name in the UK and hosted music shows on BBC radio stations for over 20 years before moving to Capital FM. 

Seven women will feature in the one-off programme, where they tell their accounts to the broadcaster. 

Among those putting forward allegations are two women who were aspiring to work in the industry and are accusing Westwood of initiating unwanted and unexpected sex.

Their names will be changed in order to protect their identities when telling their stories – and it has been reported that the women do not know each other.

Here’s everything you need to know about the damning documentary. 

Who is Tim Westwood? 

Tim has been on the music scene for three decades (Picture: Naki/Redferns)

Tim Westwood is a DJ and a presenter, having had shows with Capital Radio and BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. 

His career in radio began in the 80s when he joined BBC Radio 1 in 1994 to host the first national rap show in the UK. 

At the BBC, he also hosted the weekday drivetime show for 1Xtra from September 2009 until he was replaced by Charlie Sloth in September 2012. 

After leaving the drive time show, Westwood continued his Saturday night Rap Show until it was announced he was leaving the BBC after 20 years. 

He departed in September 2013. Following his exit from the corporation, Westwood rejoined Capital FM on their sister station, Capital Xtra. 

What is Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power? 

Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power is a 30-minute BBC documentary exploring allegations against the DJ of sexual misconduct that has been brought to light.

‘For 40 years, Tim Westwood dominated the UK Black music scene,’ the synopsis states. ‘The white DJ was an early adopter of hip hop in the 1980s and presented BBC Radio 1’s Rap Show for almost 20 years, before moving to Capital Xtra in 2013. 

‘The self-styled Big Dawg had everyone from Jay-Z to Nicky Minaj on his shows, and his stint presenting MTV’s Pimp My Ride made him a household name. 

‘In a joint investigation by the BBC and The Guardian, allegations of sexual misconduct have been brought to light. In this explosive documentary, six women speak out about their experiences for the first time, claiming he misused his powerful position in the music industry to take advantage of them. 

‘The earliest alleged incident took place in 1992, the most recent in 2017. All of the women are Black.’

Westwood strongly denies all allegations, with his lawyers telling the Guardian: ‘Any suggestion that he acts, or has acted, in the way described would be false and seriously defamatory.’

What time and channel is Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power on?

It will air on Tuesday night (tonight) at 9pm on BBC Three and will last for half an hour.

The documentary has already been made available on BBC iPlayer to watch now. 

Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Three.