The BBC will pay “significant” compensation to journalist Mark Killick. He was fired after he expressed concerns about the circumstances surrounding a 1995 interview with Princess Diana, reports The Guardian Tuesday.
Killick had informed his then employer at the time about fake bank statements that had been used to coax Diana into an interview. He was fired, but last year the broadcaster concluded after an investigation that he was right.
According to The Guardian the broadcaster agreed on Tuesday to transfer substantial compensation to Killick, because he acted “completely correctly” at the time. The amount has not been disclosed.
Killick was the first to inform his then employer about the falsified bank statements. He was fired within 24 hours of raising his concerns.
Forged copies had to prove bribery
Last year the BBC investigated how the conversation with Diana was arranged. The broadcaster concluded that forged bank statements had indeed been used. Those copies “proved” that members of the British court had been bribed for information about Diana and Prince Charles.
Partly because of seeing those false documents, the princess would have dared to talk about her marital problems during the interview.
Interviewer Martin Bashir apologized after the outcome of the investigation. He said it was “stupid” that they had forged documents.