A defrocked BBC journalist, having been blamed for sexual harassment, a lavish expense account from the corporation, and a £100,000 libel pay-out, has been named as one of Britain’s best paid journalists, with a salary of almost £650,000 per annum.  In the aftermath of the furore that has erupted over the past week,  the broadcaster, who was sacked for a racist on-air outburst, was praised by the broadcasting union Bectu as an example of “a journalist of the highest integrity and professionalism”.   “You would have to say that Martin Bashir has been a complete professional throughout his 15-year BBC career. We are all extremely proud of him,” said the

A timeline of Martin Bashir’s actions from Diana interview to Dyson report from the time he interviewed Diana in 1997 to the time he interviewed Diana in 2007.

In the wake of the Diana interview, a number of articles were published in the British press about the nature of television journalism and its place in modern society. One of the more interesting articles was an overview of the controversy by BBC news presenter Jeremy Paxman. The article concluded with a condemnation of Bashir: “But what is it that Bashir did that is so wrong? What is it that, if it had been done by someone else, would have been seen as an example of a free-speaking journalist publishing his views without fear or favour?” ~

Late August 1995

Martin Bashir asks Matt Wiessler, a freelance designer, to make fake bank statements purporting to show payments to Earl Spencer’s former head of security from the intelligence services. These statements are subsequently shown to the earl in September. The Dyson report exonerated Mr Wiessler as being “entirely reputable”.

14 September 1995

A meeting between Earl Spencer and Martin Bashir. Earl Spencer says Mr Bashir showed him a second set of bank statements purporting to show payments from the intelligence services into the accounts of the private secretaries of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Lord Dyson says it is likely that Martin Bashir created these statements himself.

19 September 1995

Earl Spencer introduces Martin Bashir to Princess Diana. It is the first in a series of meetings between the reporter and the princess before the interview is conducted on 5 November 1995

20 November 1995

Martin Bashir’s Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales is broadcast. In the UK, 23 million people watch it.

Late November 1995

After watching the interview, Matt Wiessler tells the series producer of Panorama he is concerned the fake bank statements may have played a role in obtaining the interview by deception. Managers talk to Martin Bashir and ask him to provide evidence that the fake statements were not shown to Princess Diana.

22 December 1995

Princess Diana writes a note saying: “I was not shown any documents nor given any information by Martin Bashir that I was not already aware of”.

23 March 1996

Martin Bashir admits to bosses that he had lied to them when he claimed previously that he had not shown the fake bank statements to anybody.

4 April 1996

Tim Suter, head of weekly current affairs programmes, sends a note to Martin Bashir – agreed by Tony Hall, head of news and current affairs. It says Mr Bashir’s dealings with Princess Diana in securing the interview were “absolutely straight and fair” but that his use of some material in the early preparation of the programme was in breach of guidelines and justified a reprimand.

7 April 1996

The Mail on Sunday publishes an article questioning whether Martin Bashir had intended to show the fake statements to Earl Spencer. In response to the Mail’s publication of the fake documents, the issues a statement saying the documents were “never connected in any way to the Panorama on Princess Diana”. But growing suggestions in the press that the interview had been obtained by deception lead Tony Hall to open a full inquiry.

17 April 1996

Tony Hall meets Martin Bashir who cannot explain why he commissioned the fake statements or why he showed them to Earl Spencer. The earl is not contacted as part of the inquiry.

25 April 1996

Tony Hall reports to governors that Martin Bashir commissioned fake statements because “he wasn’t thinking” adding “I believe he is, even with this lapse, an honest and honourable man. He is contrite.”

Martin Bashir stayed at the until 1998 when he left to join ITV.

2007

The turns down a Freedom of Information request from journalists (making a programme for Channel 4) for documents about the investigation into Mr Bashir’s interview, on the grounds that it no longer holds the material. In 2020, a repeat request from programme makers at Channel 4, is given several pages of details. The says: “We apologise… that the answer you received was inaccurate.”

26 September 2016

Martin Bashir returns to the as religious affairs correspondent. He is subsequently made religion editor. At this time, Tony Hall is director general of the .

18 November 2020

Around the 25th anniversary of the Panorama interview programme, the commissions an independent investigation into the affair – under former Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson – after receiving a letter from Earl Spencer saying the forged bank statements had been used to secure the interview with his sister.

14 May 2021

Martin Bashir steps down from his role as the ’s religion editor due to ill health.

20 May 2021

Dyson report is published, describing Martin Bashir as “unreliable”, “devious” and “dishonest”. It also described Tony Hall’s investigation as “flawed and woefully ineffective”.

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News”}}},”product-navigation”:{“assetUri”:”https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk”,”sectionName”:”UK”},”bbcAccount”:{“signInPrompt”:{“show”:false,”userOrigin”:null,”ptrt”:null},”pageType”:”content”}},”route”:”/news/:id”};In August of 2007, a few days after Prince Harry and Princess Diana both gave interviews to Martin Bashir for his weekly documentary show, aired on the UK’s ITV network. Diana and Bashir had known each other for years and had often talked about their royal engagements and their children. In the weeks leading up to the interview, Diana had repeatedly told friends that she wanted a more “open” conversation with Bashir about her private life.. Read more about martin bashir wife and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to Martin Bashir after the Diana interview?

After the interview, Bashir was suspended from his job at MSNBC for two weeks.

What did Martin Bashir do to Diana?

Martin Bashir, a British journalist, made a comment about Diana’s death on his show.

Did Diana regret her interview?

No, Diana did not regret her interview.

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