The BBC fell short of "high standards of integrity and transparency" over Martin Bashir's interview with Princess Diana, an inquiry has found. Bashir acted in a "deceitful" way and faked documents to obtain the interview, the inquiry said. And the BBC's own internal probe in into what happened was "woefully ineffective", it added. The corporation said the report showed "clear failings", admitting it should have made more effort to get to the bottom of what happened at the time. It is also returning all awards the interview received, including a TV Bafta won in
Martin Bashir: Inquiry criticises BBC over 'deceitful' Diana interview
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BBC's deceit over Diana interview worsened my parents' relationship - William
The Duke of Cambridge has blamed BBC failings over its interview with his mother for fuelling her paranoia and worsening his parents' relationship. After an inquiry found the BBC fell below its standards, Prince William said he was "most saddened" Diana never learned she had been deceived. He said his mother was failed "not just by a rogue reporter" but by BBC bosses. The Met Police said it will assess the new report, after previously deciding against a criminal investigation. The Duke of Sussex blamed a toxic media culture for his mother's death.
Tony Hall, who was director of BBC news and current affairs, was in charge of an internal investigation in into the circumstances surrounding the interview. On Thursday , a subsequent independent investigation into the interview found that Hall covered up "deceitful behaviour" of reporter Martin Bashir. The BBC was forced to issue a humiliating apology after covering up the "deceitful" methods its former journalist Bashir used to secure one of its biggest-ever scoops 25 years ago.