Tim Westwood (born 3 October 1957) is an English DJ and presenter of radio and television. He is often referred to by other DJs and artists appearing on his shows simply as Westwood.He presented the UK version of the MTV show Pimp My Ride. In 2013, Westwood left BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra after nearly twenty years and returned to Capital Radio.
During his career Westwood has DJed for many radio stations, including the newly formed radio stations Kiss FM (which he co-owned) and LWR in the 1980s, followed by mainstream station Capital FM (from 1987). In December 1994, following a shake up of Radio 1 by the then chief executive Matthew Bannister, he was given the new and somewhat innovative national Radio 1 Rap Show. He was the Radio 1 Rap Show’s first presenter and has been its only permanent presenter; he is now one of Radio 1’s longest-serving broadcasters.
Westwood hosted the Capital FM Rap Show until he left the station in 1994. He joined BBC Radio 1 in 1994 to host the first national rap show in the UK, the show was launched with a live concert with Notorious B.I.G. & Puff Daddy. At the BBC, he hosted the weekday drivetime show for 1Xtra until he was replaced by Charlie Sloth in September 2012
Westwood’s official YouTube channel Tim Westwood TV has over 191 million video views and over 230,000 subscribers. The channel has videos of freestyles & interviews from hip-hop & grime artists, including Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Will Smith, Drake, and Rae Sremmurd.