Bashir inquiry: People ‘profoundly disappointed’ in BBC says Tory MP
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The BBC faces outrage across the world following the release of Lord Dyson’s report that concluded that the broadcaster had used deceit to get the Princess Diana 1995 Panorama interview. TalkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer questioned Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth Anne-Marie Trevelyan on what needed to happen for the public to trust the BBC. She highlighted that this report had sparked concern the BBC was hiding more things on their conduct over the years.
Ms Trevelyan argued the backlash was clear from the public and people wanted the BBC to be investigated.
Ms Hartley-Brewer said: “Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary has criticised the BBC’s ‘we know best’ attitude.
“It would now appear that it wasn’t just a rogue reporter in Martin Bashir, in terms of what he did to get that interview with Princess Diana back in 1995.
“We also know there were other people involved and there was a coverup from the very highest echelons of the BBC.
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“Now there are other accusations, not just about what he did but what happened with Jimmy Saville.
“Do we have a fundamental culture problem with the BBC and how much change needs to happen for the BBC to stay as our state broadcaster?”
Ms Trevelyan admitted that trust had been broken and reiterated the loss in faith people have had with the BBC.
She said: “The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has been very clear this morning and I agree with him.
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“There needs to be a proper review of oversight and Government.
“We have got to see a culture change in the BBC.”
Ms Trevelyan reiterated the frustration from the public on the BBC’s conduct.
She said: “People are just profoundly disappointed.
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“More importantly I think their concerns are perhaps on the global stage the BBC has tarnished its brand.
“It is considered the world over, one of the most reliable providers of truth and they have really damaged that brand.
“They need to get their house in order and I know that Oliver will be making sure that is the right outcome.”
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