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Bishop fears report on Diana interview gives opportunity for “BBC haters to give it a thrashing”

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The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, has questioned whether the Dyson report into the Princess Diana interview put too much “onto the head of Martin Bashir”. In conversation with Roger Bolton for a Religion Media Centre briefing, he said he was surprised at the subsequent appointment of Martin Bashir as BBC religious affairs correspondent in 2016, but had no reason to complain about him in that role. The Bishop discussed Prince William’s view, that the interview was linked to Princess Diana’s death, but he said this devastating response may not stand the test of time. He questioned whether the subsequent scrutiny of the BBC was to build up or diminish the corporation.

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Report: Bishop urges Bashir to ‘come clean’ but doubts the link between interview and Diana’s death

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The bishop said it had left him wondering whether “too much is being put onto the head of Martin Bashir”.

– Bishop Nick Baines

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