Martin Bashir: Inquiry Criticises BBC Over 'Deceitful' Diana Interview

Martin Bashir: Inquiry Criticises BBC Over 'Deceitful' Diana Interview

The BBC fell short of "high standards of integrity and transparency" over Martin Bashir's 1995 interview with Princess Diana, an inquiry has found.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Bashir acted in a "deceitful" way and faked documents to obtain the interview, the inquiry said.
  • It was the first time a serving royal had spoken so openly about life in the Royal Family - viewers saw her speak about her unhappy marriage to Prince Charles, their affairs, and her bulimia.
  • The BBC said the report showed "clear failings," admitting it should have made more effort to get to the bottom of what happened at the time. The corporations' own internal probe in 1996 into what happened was "woefully ineffective."
  • This report will not just injure the BBC, but scar it.
  • The report also shows the power and merit of journalism. It is thanks to determined reporters, not least at the Daily Mail group and the Sunday Times, that we today have the first complete account of the real story behind the most remarkable - and arguably consequential - interview in television history.

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