BBC Under Fire For Funding Martin Bashir’s Legal Costs

Martin Bashir Hits Back At Prince William's Comments About Him

Martin Bashir Hits Back At Prince William's Comments About Him. CREDIT: Facebook

BBC Is Funding Martin Bashir’s Legal Costs with licence fee payers money

Journalist Martin Bashir has an ongoing legal case into how he secured an interview with Princess Diana, more than 25 years ago, and it has been revealed that the BBC is using licence fee money to pay the legal fees of those who are going to be called to give evidence at an independent investigation, one of whom is Bashir.

It has been said that the legal bills could amount to many hundreds of thousands of pounds, all of which is being funded by the British public’s licence fee, with Bashir reportedly being represented by Lewis Silkin, one of the top firms in the country, which specialises in employment law.

The BBC’s Religious Affairs editor is one of several former or current staff who were involved in the controversial broadcast, and according to The Telegraph, 58-year-old Bashir could face the sack from the BBC if the inquiry finds that his methods of convincing Princess Diana to agree to the controversial interview were entirely legal or ethical.

Rebecca Ryan, campaign director at Defund the BBC, told, “Why should licence fee payers foot the bill for defending Martin Bashir? The allegations against Bashir are very serious and the consequences of those actions devastating for Prince William and Harry and the whole country”.

“Why should licence fee payers be forced to defend him? It’s outrageous. The BBC’s disregard for those who are forced to fund it – if they watch any live TV – is simply abhorrent. People are turning off in their droves and yet the corporation keeps going, full throttle into the iceberg”.

Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls is heading the inquiry, which is also investigating Lord Hall, the former director-general of the BBC, as reported by


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