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Can the BBC’s reputation survive the Princess Diana interview scandal? | Janet Street-Porter

Can the BBC’s reputation survive the Princess Diana interview scandal? | Janet Street-Porter
What emerges from this sorry tale is that the corporation is an unnecessarily complicated place to work, writes Janet Street-Porter

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ollowing Lord Dyson’s report, a BBC (Mais uma vez) finds itself in the dock, with the government threatening to force changes in the way the corporation is governed and run. This time, it’s serious. Having reported on fake news, now our national Broadcaster stands accused of the same thing.

Dyson’s findings lay bare the way the BBC, having found out about the fake documents used to entice Lord Spencer to introduce his sister to Martin Bashir, failed to conduct a proper investigation and continued to exploit and benefit commercially from a programme which had been produced in very dubious circumstances.

Having worked at the BBC until 1994, the year before the Panorama entrevista com princesa Diana, I am not surprised. The BBC was (e ainda é) far too self-satisfied and over-confident in its abilities to police itself. And to paper over any shortcomings for fear of government interference. De fato, my old boss John Birt – director general at the time – told Lord Dyson that he thought it wasperfectly reasonablefor the BBC to take Bashir at his word during the initial investigation into the interview that Lord Dyson calledwoefully ineffective”.