BBC apologises to Bashir whisteblower Matt Wiessler

The whistleblower who tried to expose Martin Bashir’s methods for his exclusive panoramic interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, said he wanted to “move on” after receiving a personal apology from the BBC’s director general.

Graphic designer Matt Wiessler was marginalized by the company after raising concerns that fake bank statements he mocked for Mr Bashir were used by journalists to persuade Diana to interview.

After a meeting at the BBC where he received a personal apology from current CEO Tim Davie, he was asked why the apology was important to him.

He told BBC News, “Because to this day I still felt like the BBC was only saying things to somehow appease me, but I feel like they really really support me and I feel like they are really want, don’t help me, but clear up the past and start a kind of friendly relationship again. “

When asked about the prospect of compensation, he said: “That could be good, but I’m not involved and Tim and I have been very frank about it, it’s kind of confidential, but we both just want to go on.”

A recent examination of the interview by Lord Dyson criticized the methods Mr Bashir used to secure his 1995 Panorama interview.

The report also indicated that the BBC had failed to maintain “governance, accountability and control”.

A BBC spokeswoman said of the meeting: “It was both constructive and positive, but as expected, we will not go into the details of a private meeting.”


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