BBC admits to destroyed files related to Princess Diana’s bombshell Panorama interview

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BBC admits files related to Princess Diana’s bombshell Panorama interview are being destroyed – despite previously saying there was no evidence it had done so

  • The BBC has admitted to having destroyed documents related to the Panorama interview
  • A request for freedom of information asked for documents related to the interview
  • The BBC changed their response after the Mail on Sunday disputed their response

The BBC has admitted to having destroyed documents pertaining to Princess Diana’s bombshell Panorama interview – despite previously saying there was no evidence it had done so.

The Mail on Sunday filed a Freedom of Information petition last year asking the Corporation to provide a list of all files related to the controversial 1995 TV interview that had been destroyed since 2018. The BBC replied: ‘No archived files have been destroyed since 2018. or at an earlier date, with Panorama and Diana Princess of Wales in the title. ‘

But it has now changed its position after the MoS challenged the original response, saying relevant documents in four different files had either been destroyed or ‘not preserved’.

The BBC has admitted to having destroyed documents related to Princess Diana's packed Panorama interview, despite previously saying there was no evidence it had done so

The BBC has admitted to having destroyed documents related to Princess Diana’s bombshell Panorama interview – despite previously saying there was no evidence it had done so

The Mail on Sunday filed a Freedom of Information request last year, asking the Corporation for a list of all files related to the controversial 1995 TV interview that had been destroyed since 2018.

The Mail on Sunday filed a Freedom of Information request last year, asking the Corporation for a list of all files related to the controversial 1995 TV interview that had been destroyed since 2018.

The Mail on Sunday filed a Freedom of Information request last year, asking the Corporation for a list of all files related to the controversial 1995 TV interview that had been destroyed since 2018.

It said the documents, destroyed between 2004 and 2009, had “little archival value” or were “duplicates of other records,” but could not identify them “because it contains no further information.”

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: ‘The BBC needs to know for sure what documents it destroyed or how does it know it destroyed documents? They are evasive. ‘

A BBC spokesperson said a more ‘detailed search’ had uncovered the additional information.

The admission came when it was revealed that license fee payers have to pay the legal bill for Martin Bashir, 58, who is accused of lying to secure the interview with Diana.

The BBC said last night, “In line with standard practice, we provide a finite fee for legal support where former or current staff must participate.”

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