BBC apologizes after new damning report finds it used deceitful methods to secure infamous Princess Diana interview

BBC apologizes after new damning report finds it used deceitful methods to secure infamous Princess Diana interview



The BBC has offered an unconditional apology after a new damning report found a top journalist used "deceitful" methods to secure a landmark interview with Princess Diana as her marriage broke down.


BBC journalist, Martin Bashir conducted the career-defining interview with Princess Diana in 1995, a media 'hot cake' at the time, in which she detailed the breakdown of her relationship with Prince Charles.


The new report, written by former judge Lord Dyson, found that Bashir had shown fake bank statements to Diana's brother Charles Spencer, which "deceived and induced him to arrange a meeting with Princess Diana."


Previously, CNN anchor and correspondent Max Foster alleged that Bashir has long used forged documents to suggest the palace staff were working against Princess Diana and being paid to spy on her.


Matt Wiessler, a former graphic designer for the BBC, said he mocked up false bank statements after Bashir reached out to him.


Thursday's report also found that Bashir also likely created another set of fake bank statements, which he again showed to Spencer.


"By gaining access to Princess Diana in this way, Mr Bashir was able to persuade her to agree to give the interview," the report notes, adding that this behavior was in breach of BBC guidelines.


BBC Director-General Tim Davie said Thursday, May 20, that the interview "fell far short of what audiences have a right to expect."Latest Post Follow us on Google newsTwitter and on Facebook
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