BBC chief Tim Davie apologises after investigation identified ‘clear failings’ in tactics used by journalist to secure interviewMartin Bashir commissioned fake bank statements and used “deceitful behaviour” in a “serious breach” of the BBC’s producer guidelines to secure his Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, an official inquiry has concluded.The investigation, conducted by the former supreme court judge Lord Dyson, found that the “BBC fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark” including a cover-up in an investigation into Bashir’s 1995 Panorama interview carried out at the time. Dyson was highly critical of the 1996 investigation, carried out by former director general Tony Hall who was then the head of BBC News, calling it “flawed and woefully ineffective”. Continue reading…

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