The BBC is ‘determined to get the truth’ about how Panorama landed an interview with Princess Diana in 1995.
The BBC Board has approved the appointment of Lord Dyson to lead an independent investigation into the circumstances around interview, which was carried out by Martin Bashir.
The corporation’s new director-general, Tim Davie, said: ‘The BBC is determined to get to the truth about these events and that is why we have commissioned an independent investigation.
‘Formerly Master of the Rolls and a Justice of the Supreme Court, Lord Dyson is an eminent and highly respected figure who will lead a thorough process.’
Lord Dyson added: ‘This is an important investigation which I will start straight away. I will ensure it is both thorough and fair.’
Earlier this month, Davie addressed allegations made about the Panorama interview, saying the broadcaster is taking the claims ‘very seriously’
His comments came after Princess Diana’s brother, Charles, Earl Spencer, made new claims that he was shown ‘false bank statements’ as a means of encouraging his sister to go through with the interview on the BBC programme.
Charles alleged that, when he was approached by reporter Martin Bashir about the interview, the ‘false bank statements’ he was shown referenced alleged payments that had been made to members of the royal household by security services.
Diana’s Panorama interview first aired 25 years ago in November 1995 and was watched by over 21 million people.
Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 said: ‘This is one of the world’s most famous television interviews – viewers watched enthralled and shocked as Princess Diana revealed the stories of her broken marriage.
‘Years of deep digging into what really happened has led to Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview and it’s a genuinely intriguing and fascinating watch, raising serious questions that have been unanswered for years.’
Bashir, who is now religion editor at the BBC, is currently signed off from work.
A statement from the corporation said: ‘He is currently recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery and has significant complications from having contracted Covid-19 earlier in the year.’
Credit: Original article published here.