Bashir 'lied and lied and lied' to secure Diana interview - Panorama whistleblower

Mark Killick, the Panorama producer who first alerted the BBC to the existence of the forged documents, has called on the corporation to apologise to all those who were hurt by the scandal and subsequent cover-up. Mr Killick worked at Panorama at the time the Diana interview was aired, and on discovery of the forged documents referred them to a BBC lawyer, who advised him and his colleagues to refer up to senior staff. On doing so, he and two others were sacked from the programme, for what Mr Killick claims was "disloyalty" to Panorama. He has contributed to the Dyson report, which states that the BBC News & Current Affairs management aimed to discredit Mr Killick and the other staff members who first brought the allegations to light.

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MARK KILLICK: I was incredibly surprised that this had been done. And for many, many years, I believe this was a moment of madness. The creation of these bank statements stood alone and was a moment of madness, toothpaste that, perhaps, Bashir had thought he could get back in the tube.

What Dyson has shown, that it wasn't a moment of madness, it was a pattern of conduct, and that Bashir lied, and lied, and lied to secure that interview, and that's not acceptable, anyway. But what Dyson also shows is that the BBC News and Current Affairs management collectively decided to run a smear campaign to undermine those who brought this news to their attention, to cover it up, and then to sack us. And that is in many ways, almost equally unforgivable.

But I think the BBC has so far put out some fairly generic apologies. Now, sure, one or two people, I think, have now been specifically apologized to, but so many people were hurt. On the Diana side of the line, there's Diana's employees, there's the people who are named in the bank statement, there's Earl Spencer, there's Diana herself. And then on the BBC side of the line, there's the people who lost their jobs, that were smeared. A generic apology doesn't really cut it.