All “deceitful” Martin Bashir’s exclusives need to be investigated, says former Channel 4 boss

Dorothy Byrne

The BBC must investigate how “rogue” reporter Martin Bashir acquired his other “scoops” after being accused of “deceitful behaviour”, says a senior editor.

Dorothy Byrne, former head of Channel 4 news, said the actions of Bashir were “scandalous”.

She added: “Other people who have been interviewed by Martin Bashir have complained that he lied to them and we know that the BBC wrote a formal letter to ITV about his conduct on several stories.

“So, I think that both BBC and ITV need to look at all his scoops.”

Bashir left the BBC in 1999, four years after his interview with Diana, to join ITV.

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.