A parliamentary investigation will be launched into the BBC’s Panorama interview that sent shockwaves across the world. The landmark 1995 programme saw Princess Diana suggest that “there were three people in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”.
Cross-party MPs on the powerful digital, culture, media and sport select committee are due to discuss next week whether they will launch an inquiry into Mr Bashir’s alleged production of fake documents in order to obtain an interview with Diana according to the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Bashir, now the religion editor of BBC News, is facing allegations that he used faked bank statements in order to gain Diana’s trust.
Michael Grade, a former BBC chairman, branded the accusations “a very, very serious matter,” in a radio interview with the corporation, adding it left “a dark cloud hanging over BBC journalism”.
The BBC is also launching its own investigation after the corporation’s new director-general Tim Davie vowed to “get the truth” behind the accusations regarding the journalist.
In a statement, Mr Davie said: “The BBC is taking this very seriously and we want to get to the truth.
“We are in the process of commissioning a robust and independent investigation.
“The recent stories have highlighted some concerning issues.
“The BBC must hold ourselves to the gold standard of journalism.”
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“If he has got nothing to hide, then just tell us and that is the end of it.
“This is like Donald Trump – if he has evidence of a fraudulent election, he should disclose it.”
The MP added that there were “clearly a lot of people involved” in securing the controversial interview.
He said: “If I was one of her boys or in the family I would want to get to the bottom of this.