Nick Ferrari criticises BBC’s internal investigation
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LBC’s Nick Ferrari raged at the BBC as it plans to hold an internal investigation into its own behaviour. The BBC has faced significant criticism following the release of Lord Dyson’s report that concluded the broadcaster had used deceit to secure the Princess Diana 1995 Panorama interview. The broadcast giant has now launched a review having concluded “audiences had a right to expect better” from the broadcaster.
However, Mr Ferrari highlighted that those involved in the investigation have all previously worked for the BBC.
He demanded any investigation into the BBC’s conduct should not be internal but rather from any establishment knowledgeable in journalism.
Mr Ferrari said: “These are all very eminent and very qualified men in all these instances.
“Ian Hargreaves was director of BBC News and Current Affairs, Sir Robbie Gibb joined as a researcher and was head of the BBC Westminster unit and Sir Nicholas Winton served on the BBC.
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“That is right they have all done time within the BBC.
“That would be like appointing me, Steve Allen and Eddie Mair to investigate LBC.
“It would be utterly pointless.
“If the BBC had any, if they could grow a pair, they would look outside and would bring in people who had not been exposed to the BBC.
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“They would be totally fresh, maybe media figures of some sort, I don’t care who the heck they are.
“Go for whoever you like, it doesn’t bother me.
“You could go for the people who run all the journalistic awards schemes.
“Whoever it might be, someone who has a sense of journalism.
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“They are not BBC lifers but how can they bring a real fair sense to it.”
MPs from both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have been united in their criticism of the BBC and its conduct regarding the BBC’s procurement of the Princess Diana interview.
Tory Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden yesterday remarked the public were growing tired of the BBC’s ‘we know best attitude’ and would continue to call for change to the broadcast giant.
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.
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