BBC does wrong, politicians rush to condemn and demand reorganisation, financial cuts and a police investigation.
It’s a predictable narrative. It’s also mistaken.
Let’s deal with the last first. How does Scotland Yard seriously begin to probe something that occurred 26 years ago when the two most vital witnesses – the Princess of Wales and Martin Bashir’s boss, Steve Hewlett, are dead? Oh, and Bashir himself is suffering from ill health and almost certainly would not be fit to stand trial, even if the Crown Prosecution Service gave the go-ahead.
Let’s go to the next one – BBC funding. It was not money that caused any of the events laid bare in the Dyson report. Nothing Bashir did in the run up to the Panorama episode, nor the subsequent management cover-up, had anything to do with the Corporation’s finances.