The BBC has pledged to hold a fully independent investigation of how Martin Bashir obtained his career-defining interview with Princess Diana in 1995, following recent claims that he has created talents. fake data and use other deceitful tricks to win her family’s trust.
Tim Davie, group general manager, confirmed that the terms of the investigation will be announced in the coming days: “The BBC is taking this very seriously and we want to come true. We are in the process of running a robust and independent investigation. “
The BBC said Bashir is currently unable to answer questions because he has now been laid off by doctors. It said the journalist, who is currently the BBC̵7;s religious editor, is recovering from surgery to bridge the four hearts with “significant complications” after signing Covid-19 back. the begin of the year.
The announcement follows weeks of campaigning by her brother Diana, Earl Spencer, who claims Bashir repeatedly deceived him to gain access to the royal family when her marriage to Prince Charles fell apart. The interview then became headlines around the world and boosted Bashir’s career, as he won acclaim for a major press release.
The BBC announcement comes as ITV prepares to air an interview with Matt Wiessler, a graphic designer who has been asked by Bashir to falsify fake bank statements believed to have helped the journalist secure Interviews define their profession.
The documents faked the feeling that associates of the royal family were selling stories to the press, with Spencer saying this and other lies were the reason he introduced Bashir – then a journalist. Panorama is relatively obscure – with its sister.
The matter was investigated at the time, with former BBC news director Tony Hall affirming Bashir of misconduct in 1996, while telling the company’s board of directors. the graphic designer has followed Bashir’s command “won’t work for the BBC anymore”.
Wiessler later left the media and now works for a bike design company in Devon. At the same time Bashir went on to have a successful journalism career around the world, while Hall returned to the BBC as general manager.
The graphic designer told the ITV documentary The Diana Interview: Revenge Of A Princess that he was considered a “loser” for Bashir’s actions: “I am the one who is remembered for faking his talent. I got a phone call from Martin Bashir and he wants me to help him and it’s really urgent and really important.
“Martin asked me to bring in some bank statements of who gets paid for the supervision he needs the next day. And he said they would be used as a clone… I have never been briefly introduced that way before. ”
Wiessler said he was then worried about what he was being asked to do. This only got worse when he came home and found his apartment stolen, but only two computer disks were taken away: “I was really scared … I searched for files my computer is in the office and I do not find any backups that I have made of the statements, which I have created for Martin. “
He added: “I became quite paranoid, because I think this statement must have more than I could have dreamed of. Because, why is this going to happen? Why would someone break in? And I didn’t get any clear answers from anyone. I’ve never been hacked before in my life. And I just thought someone was sending me a text or something.
Wiessler also recalls meeting with Bashir when the story of fake bank statements was first reported 25 years: “… all he can think of is tell me,“ Whatever you do , don’t go to the media. Continue talking with us. We didn’t do anything… We didn’t do anything wrong. You must trust us on this. ‘I walked out of that restaurant, knowing I had to go to the media. Because Martin is simply in this case, cover up for himself. “
He said the incident had shaken his confidence in the group: “Quite innocently, I think when you work for the BBC, you are working for the greater benefit of everything. After this episode, almost all of that is gone, and I think what really needs to be done is that the senior management and producers and senior presenters protect themselves at all costs.
“I feel quite clear that I am the one who will be the loser in this story. All I want is for the BBC in this case to continue and sincerely apologize. Because it has such a huge impact. “