‘The BBC hasn’t learned anything since Bashir,’ says critic of new Royal documentary.


‘The BBC hasn’t learned anything since Bashir,’ says a critic of a new Royal documentary.

Janet Street-Porter claims that the BBC has “learned little” since the controversy surrounding Martin Bashir following the release of a new documentary.

In the wake of the recent scandal, Ms Street-Porter, a former newspaper editor and ex-BBC TV executive, thinks the decision to commission ‘The Princes and the Press’ was “bizarre.”

In a blistering attack, she claimed that the two-part program has “an agenda that could cause the two men nothing but harm.”

The new royal documentary looks at how the royals were covered in the media between 2018 and 2021.

The programme made “overblown and unfounded claims,” according to Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and Clarence House.

They went on to say that it was “disappointing” that the public broadcaster had given those claims credibility.

On Tuesday, the BBC defended the show, saying it was “about how royal journalism is done and features a range of journalists from broadcast and the newspaper industry.”

After an independent inquiry found journalist Martin Bashir used deception to secure an interview with Princess Diana in 1995, the BBC issued an “unconditional apology” in the summer.

Lord Dyson’s report found that Mr Bashir “lied” about his deception, and that the BBC hid facts about how Mr Bashir got the interview.

“Without justification, the BBC fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency,” Lord Dyson wrote.

“It seems strange that the BBC should want to air a documentary focusing on the rivalries between Prince Harry and William – two hours of assertions, allegations, and counter-claims,” Ms Street-Porter wrote in the Mail today (Wednesday).

“An agenda that could only harm the two men.”

“The BBC’s decision to commission the documentaries at all,” she said, “seems bizarre” after being “forced to issue grovelling apologies to both Princes” over the Bashir scandal.

The show’s host, BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan, “talked to the usual cast-list of Royal correspondents, former staff members, lawyers, and pundits,” according to Ms Street-Porter.

“By airing an hour of innuendo about two people who have barely spoken about the subject of their relationship, the BBC has decided that it wanted to join in the tsunami of speculation about what Royal Princes think, what rivalries, hurts, and grudges they harbor,” she argued.

“More,” added Ms Street-Porter.

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