The whistleblower who lost his job after he tried to expose Martin Bashir’s deceitful methods used to secure his tell-all Panorama interview with Princess Diana, has said having received a personal apology – he now “just wants to move on.”
In 1995, graphic designer Matt Wiessler was asked by the then Panorama journalist to urgently create fake bank statements. These were then used as part of a dossier of “evidence” presented to Earl Spencer which helped arrange the now infamous interview.
Former Panorama producer Mark Killick, who was sacked from the programme within 24 hours when he raised concerns, called Bashir a “dishonest reporter” who “lied and lied”.
Mr Wiessler said he’d been made the “fall guy” by the corporation after raising his concerns to senior management – and was ultimately told he had been disloyal to the programme.
This week, Matt Wiessler received a personal apology from current BBC director-general Tim Davie.
Mr Wiessler said:
“Until recently, I still felt that the BBC were just saying things to appease me – but I have come away from it feeling now they really, really support me and feel they really genuinely want to, not help me, but clear up the past – and start again in a friendly relationship. It’s sort of confidential – but we very much both just want to move on.”