BBC apologises to Bashir whistleblower Matt Wiessler

The graphic designer raised the alarm about the journalist’s use of fake bank statements.
BBC apologises to Bashir whistleblower Matt Wiessler

By Laura Harding, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor

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

Graphic designer Matt Wiessler was sidelined by the corporation after raising concerns that fake bank statements he mocked up for Mr Bashir had been used by the journalist to persuade Diana to do the interview.

Speaking after a meeting at the BBC where he received a personal apology from current director-general Tim Davie, he was asked why the apology was important to him.

Princess Diana – Panorama interview
Diana during her interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC (BBC)

He told BBC News that he had come away from the meeting feeling that the corporation wanted to “clear up the past and start again on a sort of friendly relationship”.

Asked about the prospect of being paid compensation, he said: “There might well be but I’m not involved in that and Tim and I have spoken about that quite openly, it’s sort of confidential but we very much both just want to move on.”

A recent investigation by Lord Dyson into the interview criticised the methods Mr Bashir used to secure his bombshell 1995 Panorama interview.

The report also suggested the BBC had failed to uphold “governance, accountability and scrutiny”.

A BBC spokeswoman said of the meeting: “It was both constructive and positive, but as you’d expect, we are not going to get into the specifics of a private meeting.”

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