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BBC 'didn't take tragic reporter seriously'

By Matthew Cooper

A BBC reporter took his own life after becoming frustrated at the corporation's failure to take his claim of sexual harassment seriously, an inquest has heard.

Warwickshire Coroner's Court was told that Russell Joslin believed the BBC was involved in "some sort of cover-up" of his allegations against an unnamed female colleague.

Mr Joslin, who worked for BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, died in October last year after obstructing his own airway at a mental health unit.

The 50-year-old reporter, who had symptoms of paranoia, had been admitted to the unit in Warwick after throwing himself under a bus three days earlier.

The inquest in Leamington Spa heard that Mr Joslin had previously been treated at a mental health unit in March last year.

Giving evidence to the inquest, Mr Joslin's father Peter said his son had become "more and more concerned" about his alleged treatment by the unnamed woman.

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