Tim Westwood accused of sexual misconduct in BBC3 doc

BBC News ties with Guardian for exposé of former 1Xtra DJ

Six black women have accused former BBC DJ Tim Westwood of sexual misconduct in a BBC3 doc which aired last night.

The BBC News team has produced 30-minute investigative doc Tim Westwood: Abuse of Power, which will air  last night at 9pm, replacing the scheduled Split Up In Care: Life Without Siblings.

Journalists Chi Chi Izundu and Ruth Evans led the investigation, alongside The Guardian, in which the seven women who were aspiring to work in the music industry speak out against the DJ.

The doc was commissioned by BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell, with head of UK Insight at BBC News Ravin Sampat. It was produced by BBC News’ UK Insight Team.

A former reporter for BBC Radio 1Xtra, Izundu has worked on the Victoria Derbyshire show and in the BBC’s Newsgathering team including on the Six and Ten o’clock evening news. She has broken stories including the connection between Grime music and gang violence in the UK, and exposed Robbie Williams management for charging higher prices for tickets on resale sites.

Additional reporting was from BBC journalist Daniel Henry, and producers Carissa Jumu and Eddie Hutton-Mills.

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BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Nida Manzor and Adjani Salmon among the winners

We Are Lady Parts, the musical comedy about a Muslim female punk band, also won three awards:  creator  and first-time nominee Nida Manzoor collected her first BAFTA for Writer: Comedy; PC Williams won Costume Design and Aisha Bywaters won for Scripted Casting.
In the Emerging Talent: Fiction category, Adjani Salmon won for his writing debut, Dreaming Whilst Black.

Scarlette and Stuart Douglas and George Clarke sign up to host property competition Flipping Fast

Channel 4 confirms George Clarke (Amazing SpacesRemarkable Renovations) is to host new competition format Flipping Fast (w/t) alongside expert property developers, siblings Scarlette and Stuart Douglas (Worst House on The Street).

Flipping Fast (announced last year) will follow six teams from across the UK who think they have what it takes to make the big time as property entrepreneurs, offering them a truly life changing chance to start their own property business. The budding developers will each be given a whopping £100,000 investment to kickstart their business, competing against each other to see who can make the most profit from property in just 12 months.

The competitors will receive support and advice from George, Scarlette and Stuart, but they will only get the chance to find out how their competitors are doing when each property listing goes live. At the end of the process, the most successful property flipper will be revealed. In addition to keeping their profits, the winner gets a cash prize of the full £100,000 investment given to them at the beginning of the process.

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The BBC wants to boost its socio-economic impact

The BBC has set out a plan to have a positive socio-economic impact across the UK by investing in communities outside of London, particularly through education and careers support.

The Levelling Up and the BBC report reveals that the corporation will invest more in communities, people and opportunities, and content production outside of London.

It also reinforces a 25% target on lower socio-economic diversity, announced last month, which will sit alongside the BBC’s existing 50:20:12 targets for female; black, Asian and minority ethnic; and disability representation by 2025.

Idris Elba To Star In And Produce Apple TV+ Series ‘Hijack’ From ‘Lupin’ Creator

Apple TV+ has announced Hijack, a new series starring Idris Elba that will be the first project under his overall deal that his production company Green Door Pictures at the streamer.

Elba will also serve as executive producer on the series.

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BBC makes disability and ethnicity gains

Half of the BBC teams tracking the proportion of disabled contributors in their output have met their targets, an impact report has revealed.

The 50:50 Impact Report, published today, shows that 53% of the 250 BBC teams signed up to meet 50:50 Project goals surrounding the level of disabled contributors featured in their output are reaching them.

The report also reveals that the number of teams hitting ethnicity targets increased from 58% (145 teams) to 65% – a rise of seven percentage points.

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