Piers Morgan slams ‘pathetically spineless’ BBC over Princess Diana interview coverage

Prince William’s response to Bashir inquiry analysed by expert

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In Lord Dyson’s 127-page report, he told how journalist Martin Bashir, 58, obtained the headline-hitting interview with Princess Diana in 1995. The inquiry concluded that the journalist acted in a “deceitful” way to secure the scoop for BBC’s Panorama. The BBC has written apologies to Diana’s sons Prince William and Harry as as well as Prince Charles and Diana’s brother Earl Spencer.

Bashir has also apologised for his actions.

Piers Morgan, 56, hit out at the corporation for not discussing the inquiry on BBC Radio 4 Today.

In view of his 7.9 million followers, he wrote: “How pathetically spineless.

“On the day the BBC is shamed by its own appalling lying, cheating & deadly duplicity over Bashir/Diana, the Corporation refuses to put up anybody on its own flagship news/interview show @BBCr4today to answer any questions about it.”

The former Good Morning Britain presenter went on to brand the corporation “cowards”.

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for BBC for comment.

The inquiry was however discussed on other BBC shows such as Newsnight with Emily Maitlis last night.

This morning, BBC Radio 4 did have guests on air to discuss Dyson’s findings.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told Nick Robinson that the Government “does have a responsibility to look very carefully to see whether the governance of the BBC does need reform in the light of these devastating findings”.

Matt Wiessler, the designer who mocked up bank statements for Martin, also shared his thoughts today.

He previously said he was made a “scapegoat” by the BBC for the reporter’s actions.

He said on the radio: “I just feel that still there is this culture within the BBC that the little people, me being the whistleblower, that we don’t really need to be addressed and only under duress do we get some sort of apology and some sort of acknowledgement.

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“But, not a really fitting response for the 25 years that I’ve been sitting, waiting for people to stop calling me a forger and a leaker.”

He went on to say the BBC didn’t do anything to help him and he urged those accountable to come forward.

Martin admitted he did ask for bank statements to be mocked up, but denied they had “no bearing whatsoever” on Princess Diana agreeing to the interview.

Piers has also reacted to Prince William’s statement over Dyson’s findings.

As part of a lengthy statement, he said: “It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.”

Piers said of the Royal’s video message: “WOW. Absolutely blistering attack on the BBC by Prince William.

“Never seen him do this before – his simmering rage is palpable, and fully justified.”

Prince Harry also shared a statement, adding: “To those who have taken some form of accountability, thank you for owning it. That is the first step towards justice and truth. Yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these—and even worse – are still widespread today.

“Then, and now, it’s bigger than one outlet, one network, or one publication.

“Our mother lost her life because of this, and nothing has changed. By protecting her legacy, we protect everyone, and uphold the dignity with which she lived her life. Let’s remember who she was and what she stood for.”

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