De interventie van Prins William van gisteren inzake de problematiek rond het Panorama interview van zijn moeder in december 1995 heeft mij wederom met de neus op de feiten gedrukt. Dit interview was in 1996 voor mij aanleiding om zijn moeder te hulp te schieten ‘on a complete legal basis’ nadat een Britse jongedame tijdens het bezoek van Koningin Sofía van Spanje aan de Universiteit van Salamanca in Bar Galatea van instituut don Quijote daartoe een beroep op mij had gedaan. Deze geschiedenis lijkt thans tot een climax te geraken. Met name in verband met de beslissingswedstrijd voor een plaats in de eredivisie morgen tussen NEC en NAC in Breda. Daarvoor zal er in Café de Brabander morgen ook weer bijzondere belangstelling bestaan. Het zal u niet verbazen aan welke kant ik sta. In dit verband houd ik mij ook nog bezig met het lezen van het boek ‘Rode sneeuw in december’ en heb terzake kennis genomen van hetgeen er in het begin van de Tachtigjarige Oorlog met de bevolking van Naarden is gebeurd. Het brengt mij in gedachten terug naar het moment dat ik voor mijn historische reis naar Salamanca ter gelegenheid van het tienjarig bestaan van ‘don Quijote’ in Breda moest overstappen op een bus naar Valladolid. Er vond daar toen een vossenjacht plaats. Dat verhaal heeft Prins Philip in zijn graf meegenomen in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Het spreekt vanzelf dat Zijn wettige kleinzoon gisteren het voortouw heeft genomen. Vanavond gaat mijn aandacht uit naar het Eurovisie Songfestival. Ik heb mijn hoop gevestigd op San Marino. Vanuit deze achtergrond memoreer ik mijn verbindende elementen d.d. 22 mei vanaf 1992 tot en met 2012: 1992 Madrid, Madrid 1996
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08:35 Ontvangen Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer demands Scotland Yard investigate BBC Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer demands Scotland Yard MUST investigate the BBC over her Panorama interview with Martin Bashir – alleging she was the victim of blackmail and fraud. Earl Spencer has written to Cressida Dick, alleging his sister Diana was the victim of blackmail and fraud. It will dramatically intensify the pressure on the Met for a full probe into how Martin Bashir got his interview. Yesterday, the force promised it would ‘assess’ any new evidence in Lord Dyson’s explosive report on the affair. Robert Buckland said the findings raised ‘very serious issues’ and suggested ‘fraud’ may have occurred By Sam Greenhill and Rebecca Camber and Emine Sinmaz for the Daily Mail Published: 22:00 BST, 21 May 2021 | Updated: 01:50 BST, 22 May 2021 Princess Diana’s brother last night demanded Scotland Yard investigate the BBC over her Panorama interview. Earl Spencer has written to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, alleging his sister was the victim of blackmail and fraud, the Mail can reveal. It will dramatically intensify the pressure on the Met for a full probe into how Martin Bashir induced Diana to agree to the 1995 bombshell broadcast. Yesterday, the force promised it would ‘assess’ any new evidence in Lord Dyson’s explosive report on the affair. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the former judge’s findings raised ‘very serious issues’ – and suggested ‘fraud’ and ‘forgery’ may have occurred. The BBC has been plunged into one of the worst crises in its history by the explosive fallout from the scandal, with Princes William and Harry accusing the corporation of ruining their mother’s life with its ‘deceitful’ exclusive. Yesterday, Boris Johnson weighed into the row, warning the BBC: ‘Nothing like this must ever happen again.’ And as ministers threatened a major shake-up of the national broadcaster, William privately vowed to continue his battle to uncover ‘the truth’ about how his mother came to be callously duped.
On a dramatic day:
- Under-fire former director-general Lord Hall’s post as chairman of the National Gallery was branded ‘untenable’;
- Tim Suter, another ex-BBC chief, fell on his sword by leaving a senior role at broadcast regulator Ofcom;
- Ofcom said Lord Dyson’s finding were of ‘great concern’ and it would be ‘discussing with the BBC what further actions may be needed’;
- It emerged the BBC could be compelled to set up a separate, independent editorial board to oversee its journalism;
- Decriminalising non-payment of the licence fee could be back on the agenda;
- It was claimed a BBC executive had once boasted that faking documents was ‘general practice’;
- Bosses were accused of orchestrating a campaign to smear staff speaking out as ‘jealous’ rivals;
- A parliamentary committee also demanded urgent answers as to why the corporation had rehired Bashir despite knowing he had lied to secure the Diana interview;
- Victims of Bashir branded grovelling apologies from the BBC ‘too little, too late’ and vowed to seek compensation;
- Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith called for a review by Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC;
- It emerged that BBC director-general Tim Davie had written to staff at the corporation and said lessons must be learnt following Lord Dyson’s report.
It is understood Earl Spencer initially wrote to Dame Cressida in January, and has been in regular touch with the head of the specialist crime squad, Commander Alex Murray. According to a friend, Earl Spencer claimed several crimes had been committed. He believed his vulnerable sister was spun a web of lies by Bashir who had established ‘coercive control’ over her. By filling her mind with terrifying conspiracy theories and tricking her into the interview, he claims the rogue BBC reporter and his superiors had committed blackmail, fraud and obtaining property by deception – because the corporation cashed in when rights to the sensational interview were sold around the world. Bashir commissioned forged bank statements in flagrant breach of BBC rules to convince Earl Spencer to introduce him to Diana, Lord Dyson concluded in his excoriating inquiry. BBC bosses are said to have orchestrated a campaign to smear staff speaking out against Bashir as jealous rivals. Alison Jackson, a publicity officer for Panorama, said she was told to tell the Panorama team that stories about Bashir’s use of fake bank statements were being leaked by ‘jealous colleagues’. Asked about the Dyson report, the Prime Minister said: ‘I’m obviously concerned by the findings. I can only imagine the feelings of the Royal Family and I hope very much that the BBC will be taking every possible step to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.’ Home Secretary Priti Patel said there were ‘very strong searching questions’ for the BBC. And there was renewed fury yesterday among some of the victims of the smears and lies peddled by Bashir. BBC graphics artist Matt Wiessler – sacked as a troublemaker but vindicated after 25 years by Lord Dyson – said a generic letter of apology was ‘too little, too late’. He demanded a personal apology from Lord Hall, adding: ‘Why is Tony Hall not apologising to me? I’m just gobsmacked. What I want is real people to admit to having done something wrong.’ Former BBC chairman Lord Grade said: ‘It has taken 26 years to get to the truth here. It’s the cover-up – as the BBC would be screaming if it was an outside organisation who’d covered up something like this.’ In the Commons, media select committee chairman Julian Knight said there ‘serious questions still left to answer’ and revealed he was demanding Mr Davie answer them. When asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether the police should be involved, Justice Secretary Mr Buckland said: ‘That, of course, is a matter for the police and the independent prosecutorial authorities, and I’m not going to say anything to prejudge or to influence any such line of inquiry. ‘But I think anybody reading the headlines and the summary of Lord Dyson’s findings will be struck by his use of those words, fraud and deception and the like, and clearly those sort of issues, I’m afraid, could and do arise.’ In an email to staff, Mr Davie said: ‘This has been a difficult week. Alongside the very significant impact on those directly affected by Lord Dyson’s report, I know that people across the organisation feel deeply let down by the findings that we published yesterday. ‘This is particularly upsetting as I know how hard you all work to ensure we deliver journalism and programming that is fair, honest and of the very highest quality. That is what makes Lord Dyson’s findings so shocking for us. ‘We have much to reflect on. I know that we now have significantly stronger processes and governance in place to ensure that an event like this doesn’t happen again. However we must also learn lessons and keep improving.’ Veteran BBC reporter John Ware, who investigated the scandal for a Panorama special, accused corporation top brass who investigated Bashir in 1996 of a ‘staggering lack of curiosity’. And veteran BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell – who Lord Dyson said had been lined up to interview Diana – said: ‘I was then instructed on September 2, 1995, by the then-editor of Panorama, Stephen Hewlett, to back off so that a man called Martin Bashir could be given a clear run. ‘I have always wondered in the years since then how it was that Martin Bashir succeeded in getting alongside the princess. ‘Well, now we know.’
Deze berichtgeving heeft mij opnieuw geshockeerd en ik ondersteun Graaf Charles Spencers initiatief.
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13:10 BBC faces calls compensate apologise whistleblowers Bashir’s Diana-interview BBC faces calls to compensate and apologise to whistleblowers who raised fears over Martin Bashir’s Diana interview – as Jonathan Dimbleby brands rogue reporter a ‘consummate conman’. The corporation is under intense pressure after a damning report by Lord Dyson. He found that it covered up the ‘deceitful behaviour’ of journalist Martin Bashir. Julian Knight MP said there was a need to strengthen editorial policy at the BBC. His calls were echoed by former BBC chief operating officer Caroline Thomson. Sir Cliff Richard said those involved deserve ‘all that must surely come their way’. By James Gant For Mailonline Published: 11:54 BST, 22 May 2021 | Updated: 12:07 BST, 22 May 2021
The BBC is facing growing calls to pay compensation to whistleblowers who raised concerns about the way its interview with Diana, Princess of Wales was obtained. The corporation is under intense pressure after the damning report by Lord Dyson found it covered up the ‘deceitful behaviour’ of journalist Martin Bashir. Chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Julian Knight said there was a need to strengthen editorial policy at the BBC. His calls were echoed by former BBC chief operating officer Caroline Thomson who said whistleblowers should be ‘dealt with properly and compensated if necessary’. Meanwhile Sir Cliff Richard, who sued the broadcaster over its coverage of a police raid on his home, said those involved deserve ‘all that must surely come their way’. And veteran BBC journalist Jonathan Dimbleby branded Bashir a ‘consummate conman and liar’. It comes after Boris Johnson put the BBC on notice there must be no repeat of the Bashir scandal as it faced a radical overhaul of its governing structures. It emerged the corporation could be compelled to set up a separate, independent editorial board to oversee its journalism. Mr Knight said the corporation should look at the way it treated insiders such as graphic designer Matt Wiessler who tried to expose Bashir’s methods. Mr Wiessler complained he had been sidelined after he raised concerns fake bank statements he mocked up for Bashir had been used by the journalist against Diana.
Mr Knight said Mr Wiessler clearly believed he had been badly treated and BBC director-general Tim Davie should now meet him to hear directly what he had to say. He told the Today programme: ‘He is clearly very emotional, he feels this has probably impaired his life to a certain degree. ‘I think the BBC needs to have a real open mind in terms of the possibility of compensation but also how it interacts with people like Mr Wiessler who clearly have faced quite profound consequences due to this fiasco.’ Mr Knight has already written to Mr Davie asking for an explanation as to how Bashir came to be rehired by the BBC as its religious affairs correspondent in 2016. His new job came even though it was known that he had lied over the bank statements.The MP said some people may suspect Bashir was given the job as a way of keeping quiet about what exactly he knew. He added: ‘That is certainly something which some may be suspicious about. I just want transparency and answers from the BBC.’
Amid the continuing fallout from the Dyson report, Mr Knight suggested Lord Hall, the former BBC director-general who conducted a botched investigation into Bashir’s conduct, would have to consider stepping back from public life. On Friday, former BBC executive Tim Suter, who was part of the 1996 internal investigation, stepped down from his board role with media watchdog Ofcom. Mr Knight said he suspected Lord Hall would now be having ‘conversations’ as to continuing as the chairman of the board of trustees at the National Gallery. He told Times Radio: ‘If you had been subject to a report of this nature, this damning, I think you would consider whether or not you should take a step back from the public stage.’ Despite the furore, Mr Knight said he did not believe it would affect the BBC’s negotiations with the Government over the licence fee. He said: ‘I think that the Government is committed to renewing the charter. There will be a discussion over whether or not they offer a flat cash offer to the BBC or whether or not they have an inflation-linked increase to the licence fee.
‘But I don’t think, per se, this scandal will impact those negotiations.’ While Mr Knight said there was a need for reform, he questioned a proposal by former BBC chairman Lord Grade for a new editorial board. ‘I do wonder whether or not it will be a talking shop full of people with big salaries. The BBC does have a lot of boards,’ he told the Today programme. ‘What I would propose is that Tim Davie thinks again on his decision to remove the head of editorial policy of the executive committee. ‘I do have concerns with the BBC that editorial policy does not have a loud enough voice and there is a bit of kowtowing to talent.’ Former BBC chief operating officer Ms Thomson said it was crucial that the BBC acted quickly to restore trust. She said whistleblowers in the Diana case should be ‘dealt with properly and compensated if necessary, properly apologised to’. She also called for a series of measures to regain trust ‘among BBC journalists and staff as well as among the public’. On any changes to the BBC, she said suggested introducing a new non-executive board member with dedicated responsibility for news and editorial matters. She said they could be ‘the face of transparency’ and available to those who would like to whistleblow.
Meanwhile pop star Sir Cliff, who sued the BBC over coverage of a police raid on his home, told the Times those involved deserve ‘all that must surely come their way’. And Mr Dimbleby, who bagged an explosive interview with Prince Charles in 1994 where the Royal admitted adultery, branded Bashir a ‘consummate conman and liar’. The veteran journalist told the Today programme: ‘He played on her existing fears of vulnerabilities. ‘She was a very troubled, and well known by that time to be, a damaged woman and he very skillfully played on those to secure that interview.’ He added: ‘It is of course true that to draw a line directly from that interview to her death is perhaps to oversimplify, a very complex and awful situation. ‘I don’t think that that, however, should remove from the BBC, for instance, the responsibility that it has actually, in the form of Tim Davey and others, accepted for the past, terrible errors.’ Prime Minister Mr Johnson last night put the BBC on notice there must be no repeat of the Bashir scandal as it faced a radical overhaul of its governing structures.
It emerged the corporation could be compelled to set up a separate, independent editorial board to oversee its journalism. Sources close to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden warned that the BBC’s director-general Tim Davie and its chairman Richard Sharp had to ‘really grip’ the issue and ‘demonstrate’ a commitment to meaningful change. Separately, the Daily Mail can reveal Mr Dowden has warned the BBC plans to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee are still on the table if it fails to represent the whole of the country more effectively. He has indicated that the threat would not be lifted until it has also shown it was spending licence fee payers’ money more wisely.
Lord Dyson’s report into Bashir’s 1995 Panorama interview with Princess Diana triggered a full-scale existential crisis for the corporation yesterday. Mr Johnson intensified the pressure, saying: ‘I’m obviously concerned by the findings of Lord Dyson’s report – I’m very grateful to him for what he has done. ‘I can only imagine the feelings of the Royal Family and I hope very much that the BBC will be taking every possible step to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.’ The corporation last night pointed out that it had already gone through ‘two substantial changes’ in governance since the mid-1990s. But it could yet be pushed into a major overhaul in the way its editorial decisions are overseen. On Thursday night Mr Dowden warned the BBC of ‘further governance reforms’. And yesterday it emerged that the corporation could be compelled to set up a separate editorial board to deal with complaints as a result of the Bashir scandal.
Ministers are understood to be receptive to the ‘thoughtful solution’ proposed yesterday by former BBC chairman Lord Grade, which would see a distinct board created, filled with ‘independent, outside, specialist’ journalists, who could hold the BBC to account. Lord Grade told the Today programme it was ‘not enough’ for the BBC to ‘utter the usual platitudes’ about learning lessons, saying it had to be ‘a serious governance structural change inside the BBC’. He said the BBC’s journalism ‘should not be answerable to itself’ and a separate editorial board under the main board could ‘hold BBC journalism to account’. This could review matters such as its coverage of subjects including elections, Brexit and the Middle East. A source close to Mr Dowden said: ‘He wants Davie and Sharp to really grip this and demonstrate something like this could never happen again. ‘The Government thinks the Grade suggestion is a thoughtful solution. [Broadcasting watchdog] Ofcom has a corporate board and a content board – the BBC has corporate people but who is challenging the director-general and asking questions?’
The source added: ‘The BBC has taken a massive hit to its reputation, and while we should acknowledge there have been governance changes since the 1990s, we need to ask whether it could happen now. Should we be looking to strengthen the arrangements?’ Ofcom chief executive Dame Melanie Dawes said: ‘Lord Dyson’s findings are clearly of great concern and raise important questions about the BBC’s transparency and accountability. ‘Ofcom… will be discussing with the BBC what further actions may be needed to ensure that this situation can never be repeated.’ Separately, in an interview carried out before the publication of the Diana report, Mr Dowden told the Mail that the BBC needed to do more to ensure it properly represents areas of the country. He said: ‘We haven’t taken decriminalisation [of non-payment of the licence fee] off the table. ‘But in doing that we do have to make sure that hard-working Mail readers who play by the rules and pay their licence fee aren’t disadvantaged because people that don’t pay the licence fee get away with it.’ Most of the BBC’s funding comes from the £159-a-year licence fee, and non-payment is a criminal offence which could lead to a jail term. The BBC said in response to questions about its governance: ‘Since the mid-1990s we have had two substantial changes in BBC governance, which is now fundamentally different. ‘We now have a single board, clear responsibilities around editorial accountability, and external regulation from the industry regulator, Ofcom. Governance reviews are already built into the existing system and we will fully participate in the next one.’
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17:09 Met deze uitspraken blaast Harry kans op verzoening op In dit verband gaan mijn gedachten thans uit naar Gijsbertus van den Broek in Hilversum.
P.S. Ik laat The Queen niet vallen.