Huw Edwards deletes tweet moaning about the BBC being 'lectured'

‘It’s vexing’: Huw Edwards deletes tweet moaning about the BBC being ‘lectured’ by other parts of the media over lies and cover-up surrounding Diana interview

  • Huw Edwards said it is ‘vexing’ that ‘certain parts of media’ held BBC to account
  • Follows Lord Dyson’s damning report into how the Diana interview was obtained
  • ‘Rogue reporter’ Bashir commissioned fake bank statements to secure interview
  • Covered up his ‘deceitful behaviour’ in a ‘shocking blot’ on the BBC’s history

Huw Edwards has deleted a tweet moaning about the BBC being ‘lectured’ over lies surrounding Martin Bashir’s Diana interview. 

Newsreader Edwards said it is ‘vexing’ that ‘certain parts of the media’ have held the BBC to account over Lord Dyson’s damning report into how the bombshell 1995 interview was obtained.

‘Rogue reporter’ Bashir commissioned fake bank statements to secure his interview with Princess Diana – but covered up his ‘deceitful behaviour’ in a ‘shocking blot’ on the BBC’s near 100-year history. 

The statements wrongly suggested Earl Spencer’s ex-head of security Alan Waller was in the pay of tabloid journalists and a shadowy company linked to the security services.

The statements were shown to Earl Spencer, who then put the journalist in touch with his sister Diana. 

Huw Edwards (pictured) has deleted a tweet moaning about the BBC being ‘lectured’ over lies surrounding Martin Bashir’s Diana interview

Newsreader Edwards said it is ‘vexing’ that ‘certain parts of the media’ have held the BBC to account over Lord Dyson’s damning report into how the bombshell 1995 interview was obtained

In a tweet posted in reply to a news story on the BBC report, presenter Edwards wrote: ‘There is no excuse or justification for what happened in 1995.

‘We are all sickened by it and the subsequent handling of it.

‘For today’s BBC News team — 25 years on — to be lectured on probity and trust by certain parts of the media is somewhat vexing.’ 

Former-judge Lord Dyson said showing Earl Spencer the fake bank statements was in ‘serious breach’ of the BBC’s producer guidelines.

Bashir’s 1995 Panorama interview with the princess two month’s later won the BBC multiple awards – but hastened the end of Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles and saw her stripped of her HRH status just two years before her death.  

‘Rogue reporter’ Bashir commissioned fake bank statements to secure his interview with Princess Diana – but covered up his ‘deceitful behaviour’ in a ‘shocking blot’ on the BBC’s near 100-year history

Lord Dyson’s report savaged Bashir and several senior BBC executives over their handling of the infamous 1995 broadcast that triggered one of the biggest crises in the Royal Family’s history.  

Police ‘assess’ report into Diana interview ‘to ensure there is no significant new evidence’ 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police are assessing Lord Dyson’s report on the BBC’s 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales to assess if there is any new evidence.

Scotland Yard said in a statement that they had determined in March that ‘it was not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into allegations of unlawful activity in connection with a documentary broadcast in 1995, but should any significant new evidence emerge it would be assessed’.

But they added yesterday: ‘Following the publication of Lord Dyson’s report we will assess its contents to ensure there is no significant new evidence.’

During an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday it was put to the Justice Secretary that some people say the police should be involved following Lord Dyson’s inquiry.

Robert Buckland replied: ‘That, of course, is a matter for the police and the independent prosecutorial authorities, and I’m not going to say anything to prejudge or to influence any such line of inquiry.

‘But I think anybody reading the headlines and the summary of Lord Dyson’s findings will be struck by his use of those words, fraud and deception and the like, and clearly those sort of issues, I’m afraid, could and do arise.’

The findings of the 127-page document have prompted developments, with Scotland Yard – which previously said it would not launch a criminal investigation into Bashir’s actions – now saying it will ‘assess’ the report to ‘to ensure there is no significant new evidence’.

Speaking during a visit to Portsmouth yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ‘obviously concerned by the findings of Lord Dyson’s report’.

He said: ‘I can only imagine the feelings of the royal family and I hope very much that the BBC will be taking every possible step to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.’

William and Harry condemned the BBC for its treatment of Diana, saying their mother’s Panorama interview fuelled her ‘fear, paranoia and isolation’ and a wider ‘culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life’.

The furious royal brothers issued scathing statements on the corporation’s actions after an inquiry found the broadcaster covered up ‘deceitful behaviour’ used by Bashir to secure his headline-making interview with their mother in 1995. 

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said ministers would be looking into whether there were BBC governance issues outside of the remit of Lord Dyson’s reports that needed reviewing.

Mr Buckland told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘My colleague the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, has rightly said that we should look at the governance structures of the BBC.

‘They have apologised, which is appropriate, but clearly the wider issues of governance and the way things are run now need to be looked at.’

In his rebuke of the BBC, the Duke of Cambridge said: ‘The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

‘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.

‘But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.

‘She was failed not just by a rogue reporter, but by leaders at the BBC who looked the other way rather than asking the tough questions.’

Calling for the documentary never to be aired again, William, 38, said: ‘In an era of fake news, public service broadcasting and a free press have never been more important. These failings, identified by investigative journalists, not only let my mother down, and my family down; they let the public down too.’

Away from the Panorama scandal, Harry has admitted in his new documentary series with Oprah Winfrey, the trauma of his mother’s death led him to use alcohol and drugs to ‘mask’ his emotions and to ‘feel less like I was feeling’.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, said in his statement about Diana’s interview: ‘Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest. 


Bashir mocked up these bank statements to convince Earl Spencer to help broker an interview with Diana in an extraordinary breach of BBC editorial guidelines

‘The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life. 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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