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.”


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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