Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer says he is "not at all satisfied" with the BBC Panorama investigation – after revealing Martin Bashir's letter and requesting an investigation into the "whitewash" interview
- Earl Spencer said he was "not at all satisfied" with the scope of the BBC investigation
- He previously claimed that Martin Bashir had shown him "false bank statements"
- The station appointed a retired judge, Lord Dyson, the former master of the roles, to lead an investigation into the Diana interview
Princess Diana's brother has said he is "not at all satisfied" with the scope of the BBC investigation into Martin Bashir's panoramic interview with Princess Diana.
Charles Spencer previously accused the station of "whitewash" for falsified bank statements allegedly helping Mr Bashir land the historic 1995 interview with the princess.
Earl Spencer wrote on Twitter: “As I told the BBC tonight, I'm not at all happy with the parameters they set for their investigation of the @ BBCPanorama interview with Diana 25 years ago tonight.
"Lord Dyson must be free to examine any aspect of this matter from 1995 to the present as he sees fit."
Charles Spencer previously alleged Martin Bashir showed him "false statements" to help the reporter land the panoramic interview
He went on Twitter to say he was "not at all satisfied" with the scope of the BBC's investigation into the interview
His comments come after it was revealed that Prince William was in contact with the BBC to ensure a top judge was hired to find out the truth about the interview.
The station has hired a retired judge, Lord Dyson, the former master of the roles, to conduct an investigation into the Diana interview.
The investigation will assess whether the measures taken by the BBC and Mr Bashir were appropriate and how these measures influenced Princess Diana's decision to give an interview.
It also examines what knowledge the BBC had in 1995 and 1996 of "mocked bank statements allegedly showing payments to a former Earl Spencer employee (and) alleged payments to members of the Royal Households," the company said.
On Thursday, TV watchdog Ofcom said it would not initiate its own investigation into the BBC Panorama controversy but would "closely" follow the independent investigation.
Following Lord Dyson's appointment, the Duke of Cambridge called the move "a step in the right direction".
The interview was seen by 23 million people and sent shock waves through the royal family
The Princess of Wales during her globally exclusive panoramic interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC on November 20, 1995
He said, “The independent investigation is a step in the right direction. It should help to find out the truth behind the actions that led to the Panorama interview and the subsequent decisions made by the BBC members at the time. & # 39;
The interview, in which Diana admitted that there were "three people" in their marriage, was followed by 23 million people and sent shock waves through the royal family.
Lord Dyson, 77, who served as Master of the Rolls between 2012 and 2016, said he will begin his investigation "immediately" by interviewing company employees and having access to available records.
He also promised Mr Bashir a "thorough and fair" investigation into sensational allegations that the journalist had secured the Princess of Wales' trust by forging two bank statements.
The BBC approved Lord Dyson's appointment Wednesday after new General Manager Tim Davie ordered an independent investigation into the allegations. Mr Bashir fed Diana a series of lies and smears in order to get his exclusive interview with her.
Lord Dyson will also look into how much BBC bosses knew at the time and if there was a cover-up, saying, “This is an important investigation that I will begin immediately. I'll make sure it's both thorough and fair. "
The five key areas the BBC investigation into the Martin Bashir scandal will cover
Lord Dyson was asked to examine and report on five key areas.
He will interview BBC staff and have access to all of their records.
1. What steps did the BBC, and Martin Bashir in particular, take to obtain the Panorama interview on November 20, 1995 with Diana, Princess of Wales? This includes considering all relevant evidence, including (i) the mock bank statements allegedly supporting payments to a former Earl Spencer employee (ii) the alleged payments to members of the royal households; and (iii) the other matters recently raised by Earl Spencer, which are not limited to those matters posted in the Daily Mail on November 7, 2020.
2. Were these steps appropriate, particularly considering the BBC editorial standards in effect at the time?
3. How did the actions of the BBC, and particularly Martin Bashir, influence Diana in the decision of the Princess of Wales to give an interview?
4. What was the BBC's knowledge of the relevant evidence referred to in paragraph 1 in 1995 and 1996?
5. Given what was known at the time of its investigation in 1995 and 1996, how effectively has the BBC investigated the circumstances leading up to the interview?
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