WIUM Tristates Public Radio

"Deceitful Behavior" by Reporters

Jun 2, 2021

AP reported that Prince William and his brother Prince Harry harshly criticized the BBC and British media for unethical practices after an investigation concluded that one of the BBC's journalists used "deceitful behavior" to secure Princess Diana's most explosive TV interview in 1995.

The investigation found that reporter Martin Bashir acted in a deceitful way and breached BBC rules by mocking up fake bank statements and showing them to Charles Spencer to gain access to the princess.

The report also criticized the BBC for covering up what it knew about Bashir’s actions, and said the corporation’s own probe into the matter fell short of its usual standards of integrity and transparency.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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