BBC pays £1.42m to charities to atone for Princess Diana interview

bbc pays £1.42m to diana charities

UK broadcaster, the BBC said it has made a £1.42m payment to charities linked to Princess Diana, as a part atonement for the infamous Panorama interview secured by disgraced BBC reporter Martin Bashir.

The BBC said in a statement that it had already indicated its intention to donate to charity the sales proceeds derived from the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, and that it has now done so.

BBC’s £1.42m donation

A sum of £1.42million has been divided equally between seven charities linked with the Princess. 

They are Centrepoint, English National Ballet, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, The Leprosy Mission, National Aids Trust, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and The Diana Award.

The broadcaster stressed that these donations come from the BBC’s commercial revenue and not from the Licence Fee.

Moreover, it reiterated that the BBC has apologised for the circumstances under which the interview was procured.

“The BBC had indicated its intention to donate to charity the sales proceeds derived from the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. The BBC has now done so.

“Given the findings of Lord Dyson, we think this is the right and appropriate course of action.”

Relevant public statements and publications around the scandalous interview, which shook the monarchy to its core at the time, and raises huge concerns about the internal workings of the BBC can be found here:

See also this BBC Diana interview-related story:

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