World news – JP – Interview with Princess Diana: « The dark cloud over BBC journalism » says Lord Grid


css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} Former BBC chief Michael Jarrad said allegations that Martin Bashir used fraudulent bank data to persuade Princess Diana to conduct an interview in 1995 was a « very serious matter »

The BBC promised to open an investigation into the allegations of Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother.

“There is a very dark cloud hanging over BBC journalism,” Lord Grid told Radio 4 World’s program on Monday

“As a result of the questions raised by Earl Spencer, Channel 4, and the Daily Mail, this should be clarified.

“An independent and immediate investigation must be announced, and the results of this investigation must be published.”

A documentary, Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview, was broadcast on Channel 4 last month and the Daily Mail published the claims of Earl Spencer last week.

The BBC’s managing director, Tim Davey, said on Monday that the company « is taking this very seriously and we want to get to the truth »

A BBC spokeswoman said Al-Bashir, the foundation’s current religious affairs correspondent, was not doing well and was unavailable for comment.

“Martin Bashir has signed up for work by his doctors – he is currently recovering from quadruple heart surgery and has major complications from his Covid-19 infection earlier in the year,”

Lord Jarid said that Al-Bashir’s medical condition is a « secondary issue » and « important to him and his family, of course. »

But he stressed that the audience deserves a timetable for « who knew what and when » before the famous interview.

« Now there could be very good answers and the BBC might come out of it altogether, but there are a lot of questions being asked.

“There is only one way to demonstrate this and that is an independent investigation that is published.”

In it, the famous princess said, « There were three of us in this marriage, » referring to the Prince of Wales’ relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles

The BBC’s Royal Correspondent Johnny Dimon said the notes that Earl Spencer said he wrote with Al-Bashir two months before the interview, and reported by the Daily Mail, are « amazing »

They seem to record Bashir, « he lied after lied to members of the royal family and her staff, in an attempt, as Earl Spencer says, to gain his confidence and that of his sister Diana, » our correspondent said

These allegations, which Mail described as « unreasonable lies », include opening Diana’s private correspondence, tracking her car and tapping phones

It was also alleged that her bodyguard was plotting against her and that her close friends were betraying her by leaking stories to the press Earl Spencer said this week that he would not have presented Bashir to his sister had it not been for him to see fake bank statements.

The Daily Mail said the alleged false statements were wrong to show that two senior courtiers were being paid by the security services in exchange for information about his sister.

The BBC apologized for the false statements, but insisted that it « played no role in her decision to participate in the interview »

A documentary, airing on ITV on Mondays and Tuesdays, features a graphic designer who says he’s asked to create fake bank statements that Matt Whistler says was a scapegoat and wants an apology

Mr. Whistler said, « I clearly felt that I was the one who would be the one to fall into this story

« All I want is for the BBC to come forward in this situation and sincerely apologize for having had such an impact. »

The Princess of Wales died on August 31, 1997, at the age of 36, in a car accident in the Paris Tunnel

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