The UK‘s BBC is dealing with the backlash of a 1995 interview with the late Princess of Wales, Diana. As far away as it is, the public broadcasting company was not left out of Michel Hayek‘s long list of predictions.
In the international section of his 2020 forecast, Michel Hayek predicted: “The BBC gets busy with the effects of surprising news.”
A few days ago, UK journalist Martin Bashir issued an apology over a famous 1995 interview he conducted with Princess Diana.
This was after an independent investigation revealed that the journalist had used deception to secure the interview with the British royal family member.
Bashir said in an interview that he was “deeply sorry” for his actions, addressing Diana’s sons, the dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The probe into the interview, which garnered a whopping television audience of 23 million in the UK when it aired nearly two decades ago, found that Bashir had used fake documents and false pretenses, including doctored bank statements, to organize the talk with Diana.
Since the scandal surfaced, the BBC has announced that it will review its editorial policies and governance.
“We must not just assume that mistakes of the past cannot be repeated today — we must make sure that this is the case,” the broadcaster’s board of governors said in a statement on Monday.