BBC Chairman Asserts that the Corporation Aims to Represent the Royal Family “with Great Care and Thought”
The BBC is once again finding itself at odds with the royal family. The new heat is coming on just months after it was revealed that Martin Bashir used cunning means to get Diana to do the bombshell Panorama interview. BBC was forced to issue an apology at the time, promising to strive to be better going forward.
However, a recent documentary titled “The Princes and The Press”, which is aimed at examining the relationship Prince William and Harry have with the press, was not without its controversies, ruffling some royal feathers. It was enough to have several senior members of the British Monarchy speak out against it.
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The first episode of “The Princes and The Press”, presented by Amol Rajan, aired earlier this week and included stories that explored Harry’s failed relationships and the claims Meghan Markle bullied her staff.
Chairman of the BBC, Richard Sharp, has previously acknowledged that not all programs from the giant corporation may get the “full agreement” of establishments, including the Royal Family.
Mr. Sharp was questioned at the VLV Autumn Conference about reports stating that Kensington Palace had cancelled its previous plans to screen its Christmas Carol service with BBC. The Cambridges reportedly passed the torch on to ITV.
“The BBC is a national institution and we approach our relationships with the other national institutions with great care and thought,” he answered.
“The royal family is at the centre of our identity, its underlying importance is unequivocal. We have tremendous respect for all aspects of the royal family in what they undertake and do.
“From time to time, this organisation produces programmes which may or may not meet with full agreement with different parts of the establishment.”
He added: “Our job is to get that right, to be independent, to be respectful.”
Royal Family Urges BBC Not to Present “Sources” as Facts
The Palace issued a statement in reaction to the broadcast, writing, “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy. However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”
Part two of “The Princes and The Press” will be broadcast on November 29.
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