By Ron Howells •
Published: 25 May 2021 • 9:48
Martin Bashir BBC Princess Diana Scandal Sparked Three Enquiries. Image: Pixabay
Martin Bashir BBC Princess Diana Scandal Sparks Three New Enquiries.
Three new inquiries have been launched amid the fallout over the BBC’s Princess Diana scandal. The Duke of Cambridge said the deception fuelled his mother’s paranoia and worsened his parents’ relationship.
Richard Sharp, the corporation’s chairman, announced a review of governance, saying problems of accountability, transparency and integrity ‘clearly existed’ even last year. A separate review was launched into why Martin Bashir was re-hired in 2016, with one senior MP questioning if it was ‘in essence so he would keep his mouth shut’.
Tory MP Lee Anderson declared the ‘once-great BBC is rotten’ as angry exchanges took place in Parliament yesterday. Speaking in the first debate into the Dyson report, he argued that the best way to make the broadcaster behave was to get rid of the license fee altogether and turn it into it a subscription service. The BBC said it had made fundamental changes in governance since the 1990s.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the BBC should take “every possible step” to ensure that nothing like its deceit of the Princess of Wales to secure an interview ever happens again,
The PM said he was “very concerned” after an inquiry found Martin Bashir faked documents for his 1995 interview. Mr. Johnson said he was very grateful to retired judge Lord Dyson for carrying out the inquiry, which found the BBC covered up “deceitful behaviour” by Bashir to secure the headline-making interview.
“I can only imagine the feelings of the Royal Family and I hope very much that the BBC will be taking every possible step to make sure nothing like this ever happens again,” he said.
The Met Police said it will assess the new report “to ensure there is no significant new evidence”, after previously deciding against a criminal investigation.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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