The aftermath of the BBC’s famous “interview with Diana” is in full force, with the Commons Selection Committee at the UK meeting to discuss plans for a special session of special evidence on the scandal after it verified that journalist Martin Bashir had created forged bank documents designed to coerce the princess and her brother into the interview.
The interview was sensationally dubbed the “get” of the decade, with Bashir, a relatively inexperienced journalist at the time flattered by his BBC employer. During the interview, Diana revealed to millions of viewers that there were “three people” in her marriage to Prince Charles, the third being Charles’ later wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.
Now, several MPs plan to convene BBC executives to testify about the Martin Bashir scandal and discuss ways to ensure it is not repeated in the future.
The Telegraph reported that over the past weekend, WhatsApp MPs had asked to request an appearance before them and current BBC chiefs.
This request comes after the publication of the former judge, John Dyson’s report on the use of fake bank statements from Bashir to convince the late Princess of Wales to interview him in a “serious breach” of the broadcaster guidelines.
Lord Dyson’s conviction found that Bashir obtained his interview on the news program by falsifying documents that led to Diana’s brother Charles Spencer presenting him. He would also have lied to Diana to make her more paranoid about the royal family and the British establishment.
Some committee members want the BBC’s director general, from 2013 to 2020, Tony Hall to answer questions about the conflict. Hall chaired a 1996 internal poll in the Panorama interview and was heavily criticized in Lord Dyson’s report for “unfortunately inadequate.”
Hall was director general of the BBC when Bashir was re-hired on the network as a correspondent in 2016.
Current BBC Director-General Tim Davie and BBC President Richard Sharp are also expected to comment on existing protections to prevent the same mistakes from occurring in the future.
Over the weekend, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the BBC’s reputation had been “severely damaged” by the controversy.
“Where is the BBC, the direction of the BBC right now?” she asked. “Why don’t they give public confidence and build trust in terms of publishing this report?” Patel said on the Andrew Marr Show.
He added that criminal prosecution is a possibility, and told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips that if “further action is needed, of course, along with the publication of this report and the lessons learned and changes, changes in the institution and structure, governance, accountability – then that will continue. “
Bashir has received an aggressive bounce after doing a defensive interview where he did not acknowledge the damage caused by his deception in getting the interview of Princess Diana.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, 58-year-old Bashir, who left the BBC as editor of religious affairs this month for health reasons, defended himself by saying Diana had been happy with the interview.
He also said he loved her and felt “deeply sorry” for his two children for the discomfort he had caused them.
“Obviously I’m sorry, it was wrong,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. He had nothing to do with Diana, nor did he have anything to do with the interview. “
Former Panorama producer Mark Killick, who lost his job at Panorama after trying to get away with Bashir’s actions, told The Telegraph that Bashir seemed incapable or unwilling to accept that many people have suffered because of his behavior.
“I find it extraordinary that Martin Bashir is trying to rehabilitate himself by launching a public relations campaign so soon after what Lord Dyson said about him,” he said.
“I think it’s clear that the Martin Bashir scandal hurt a lot of people. It echoed to the side of Princess Diana’s line. His courtiers had their reputations destroyed and they lost their jobs. ”
“The people who were appointed to the bank statements, who did not accept payments, had their reputation destroyed. The collateral damage and the human cost of what he did is very high and he has to do it too ”.