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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

BBC's Liz Kershaw Reveals Suicide Journalist Link

In the worst kept BBC secret since Jimmy Savile was unmasked as resident kiddy-fiddler, 6 Music's Liz Kershaw has finally confirmed that she is the woman linked to the suicide of a local radio journalist.

Russell Joslin, 50, took his own life in October 2012, three days after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital after deliberately walking in front of a bus.

He had previously been employed as a reporter for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, where he had the misfortune of working alongside piggy-nosed Breakfast Show host Kershaw. In the months leading up to his death Russell accused Kershaw of sexual harassment, after she allegedly aimed a series of inappropriate comments and telephone messages in his direction. He reported his concerns to BBC bosses, who it later transpired had failed to act on them.

Shortly after Russell's death the guilt-ridden BBC commissioned a report into its handling of his earlier cries for help. The report, written by HR consultant Lesley Granger, included several witness comments critical of "Colleague A", including: "Everyone knew that the [person] in question was very difficult to work with, even for people in positions of authority"; "Managers were scared to confront [Colleague A]"; "No-one would challenge her". One can only speculate what expletive was used in place of "[person]" in that first quote.

Russell's father, retired Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Peter Joslin QPM, recently gave an interview to BBC Radio 5 Live's Victoria Derbyshire. He recounted the unwanted attention Russell claimed to have experienced after spurning Kershaw's advances.

Kershaw, who coincidentally has a book to sell, has decided it makes economic sense to break her silence. The way she tells it, Russell spent a lot of time down the pub, moping about his faltering career and moaning about his bosses. 

That opinion stands in stark contrast to Peter Joslin's comments that "Russell was a real journalist who loved his job" and saw his time at the BBC as "the pinnacle of his career".

They can't both be right, but we know who we're believing!

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