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MPs seek to probe claims BBC used false documents to secure Princess Diana interview

Martin Bashir

The BBC is facing a parliamentary inquiry into its controversial Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

It is claimed journalist Martin Bashir used faked documents to “inveigle” the Princess to take part.


Cross-party MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee meet next week to discuss the ever-growing crisis facing the broadcaster.

It’s reported the MPs will look into an alleged cover-up.

Meanwhile, the BBC has launched an independent inquiry into the claims from Diana’s brother Earl Spencer.

Steve Brine, the Conservative MP for Winchester and member of the committee, said:

“I am fully behind Earl Spencer’s call for an inquiry.

“If I was one of her [Diana’s] boys or in the family I would want to get to the bottom of this.

“MPs on the committee meet on Tuesday and I will raise it.”

New BBC boss Tim Davie said:

“We are taking this very seriously and we want to get to the truth.

“We are in the process of commissioning a robust and independent investigation.”




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