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Martin Bashir STILL being paid ‘£2,000-a-week’ by BBC despite Princess Diana Panorama interview disgrace


MARTIN Bashir is STILL being paid up to £2,000-a-week by the BBC despite his Princess Diana interview shame.

The disgraced journalist is working out a three-month notice period after resigning – because Corporation bosses failed to sack him.

Disgraced journalist Martin Bashir is still being paid by the BBC

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Disgraced journalist Martin Bashir is still being paid by the BBC

Mr Bashir quit as religious affairs editor before publication of the scathing Dyson report that concluded he used deceitful tactics to bag his 1995 bombshell interview with Princess Diana.

BBC boss Tim Davie has now admitted the shamed employee is still pocketing licence fee-payer cash.

He didn’t specify how much taxpayers are forking out, but he is understood to be taking home up to £2,000-a-week until his three month notice period ends in July, Mail Online reports.

Grilled on BBC Radio 4, Mr Davie said: “He’s working out a short notice period because he resigned. And that’s where we are now.”

He confirmed Mr Bashir will be on the Beeb’s payroll until mid-August after quitting earlier this month ahead of the critical report on health grounds.

Mr Davie, who took the helm at the BBC last year, said he had no intention to ever air the Diana interview again

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Mr Davie, who took the helm at the BBC last year, said he had no intention to ever air the Diana interview again

Mr Davie fiercely defended his decision not to sack Mr Bashir as allegations about lies and forged bank notes mounted in the run-up to the inquiry.

Laying out a three-pronged justification, he said: “I think there were three reasons why I accepted the resignation.

“The first was there were very significant medical care issues. And with Martin Bashir, as a staff member regardless of the situation around it is a factor.

“The second was a clean break with no pay-off which I thought was in the licence fee-payers interest – there was a clean process.

“The third was there is no restraint in us getting to the truth.

“This was not an honourable discharge, we were able to go after that report and fully expose all the deceits in Dyson.”

BBC boss Tim Davie has now admitted the shamed employee is still pocketing licence fee-payer cash

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BBC boss Tim Davie has now admitted the shamed employee is still pocketing licence fee-payer cash

Mr Bashir was rehired by the BBC in 2016 as religious affairs editor despite being dogged by questions about the Diana interview for decades.

Mr Davie today confirmed the Corporation is conducting a “short investigation” into how this happened – which will be published next week.

He added: “We’re interviewing people, getting the documents, and we should be able to publish something next week. There’s no doubt, with what you know now, it was a big mistake.”

Jonathan Munro, the deputy director of news, is said to be the driving force for re-hiring Bashir despite the interview stigma, The Times reports.

A source told the newspaper he wanted to “shake up the BBC” and “win awards for its scoops”.

Fuming MPs yesterday rounded on the BBC in the wake of the scandal, with one even claiming to have of torn up his TV licence.

Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield blasted: “The findings of the Dyson report come as no surprise to many who have lost all confidence in the BBC.

“And I personally have ripped up my TV licence, and they won’t get another penny from me ever.

“The once-great BBC is rotten, and my constituents should not have to pay for a service if they don’t use it.”

Mr Davie, who took the helm at the BBC last year, said he had no intention to ever air the Diana interview again.

MPs slam BBC over Martin Bashir scandal with one boasting of ripping up TV licence





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