New Keynote. Investigating Media Celebrity: Tim Westwood
How do journalists go about investigating misconduct among media celebrities with many fans, and who might work for the same employers? Earlier this year, a joint investigation by reporters at the BBC and The Guardian uncovered allegations of sexual misconduct by the DJ Tim Westwood. All four reporters involved come to the CIJ to discuss how their investigation began, its implications, and the sensitivities involved.
With Chi Chi Izundu and Ruth Evans (BBC) and Alexandra Topping and Aamna Mohdin (The Guardian).
Aamna Mohdin is The Guardian’s Community Affairs Correspondent, where she covers race and inequality.
Alexandra Topping is a senior national news reporter at The Guardian. For more than a decade she has reported on violence against women and girls, as well as wider societal issues related to sex and gender such as childcare, shared parenting and workplace and economic inequality.
Chi Chi Izundu
Chi Chi Izundu started her journalistic career at the age of 17 as a regular columnist for Girl About Town magazine. A few years later she joined BBC London 94.9 as a researcher, before graduating to become a producer working on the Saturday Sport show, the Jon Gaunt show, Drive, Vanessa Feltz and other programmes.
Ruth Evans started her career on ‘File on 4’, exposing a kidney trafficking gang in Pakistan and the abuse of children at Aston Hall psychiatric hospital. She has made several investigative documentaries for BBC Three, including False Hope: Alternative Cancer Cures, and Under the Skin: The Botched Beauty Business.
Published: 16 May 2022