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Police ‘bizarrely reluctant’ to look at Martin Bashir case, says Earl Spencer

Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer said he has asked Scotland Yard to look into fake documents used by Martin Bashir in the process of securing his infamous Panorama interview on two occasions.A scathing report by Lord Dyson last month concluded that the BBC covered up “deceitful behaviour” used by Mr Bashir to secure his headline-making 1995 interview with the princess.Asked on LBC if he thought it should be a matter for the police, Earl Spencer said: “I have tried; I have referred this twice to Metropolitan Police, they seem bizarrely reluctant to take it further.“If you went into any...
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Princess Diana Scandal: U.K. Lawmakers Grill Past and Present BBC Chiefs on Martin Bashir

Some 25 years after Martin Bashir’s bombshell interview with Princess Diana on BBC’s “Panorama” program, the scandal continues to rage on. On Tuesday, a U.K. parliament House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee interviewed at length former BBC director generals Tony Hall and John Birt, current director general Tim Davie and current chair Richard Sharp.
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‘We trusted him’: Former BBC boss defends decision to give Martin Bashir second chance

Former BBC director-general Lord Tony Hall has defended his decision to give Martin Bashir a “second chance” after the botched internal investigation into the journalist’s Panorama interview with Princess Diana.Lord Hall was grilled by MPs about why he had called Mr Bashir an “honest and honourable man” following the BBC’s 1996 inquiry into the way the now-notorious interview was secured.“I trusted a journalist, I gave him a second chance and that trust was abused and was misplaced,” Lord Hall explained to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday.Admitting his regrets, the former director-general said: “I don’t think the words...
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Martin Bashir: Diana interview scandal ‘absolute horror story,’ admits former BBC boss

Former BBC director-general Lord John Birt has branded Martin Bashir a “serial liar on an industrial scale” – blaming him for the Panorama interview scandal which has helped tarnish the broadcaster’s reputation.Last month Lord Dyson’s report found Mr Bashir used deceit to obtain his 1995 interview with Princess Diana – but also criticised the BBC for covering up the details after a “woefully ineffective” internal inquiry in 1996.“It is an absolute horror story and it should never have happened, and it is a complete embarrassment that it did happen,” said Lord Birt on the interview scandal at the Digital, Culture, Media...