Ofcom has announced it will not launch its own investigation into Princess Diana’s BBC Panorama interview controversy.
The TV watchdog has said it ‘does not have regulatory remit to investigate’ the issues under the charter.
‘However, we think it is essential that the BBC ensures that the concerns raised about this programme are investigated thoroughly,’ it said in a letter to the BBC.
‘Therefore, we welcome your announcement yesterday of a fully independent inquiry, to be led by Lord Dyson into the events surrounding the making of the original programme, as well as the BBC’s investigation of it in 1995 and 1996.
‘We will follow the inquiry and its conclusions closely,’ it added.
Ofcom’s comments come after the BBC confirmed it would be launching an independent investigation into the circumstances around the interview.
The BBC Board has approved the appointment of Lord Dyson to lead the investigation.
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.’
The investigation comes after brother, Earl Spencer, previously alleged that the BBC used the fake documents to get Diana to agree to speak to them.
Diana’s Panorama interview with Martin Bashir first aired 25 years ago in November 1995 and was watched by over 21 million people.
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.